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Chargers LB Uchenna Nwosu to play more…. because how can you play less?

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 30: Uchenna Nwosu #58 is congratulated by Damion Square #71 of the Los Angeles Chargers after he sacked C.J. Beathard #3 of the San Francisco 49ers during their preseason game at Levi's Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 30: Uchenna Nwosu #58 is congratulated by Damion Square #71 of the Los Angeles Chargers after he sacked C.J. Beathard #3 of the San Francisco 49ers during their preseason game at Levi's Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Chargers are going to get Uchenna Nwosu in the game more this weekend against the Buffalo Bills. He can’t play any less.

I like that the topic of conversation starting out the week is Uchenna Nwosu and his playing time. The adjustment should have been made during the first game of the year. Maybe at the half or somewhere in that time frame. Instead we have to wait till week 2.

The playing time is expected to increase in week 2 of the season. Maybe he will play 3 snaps this week!

According to head coach Anthony Lynn and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, Nwosu should see more action this week against the Buffalo Bills. How could he see any less action then he did last week? Against the Chiefs, he played a total of 2 snaps on defense.

When a player shows flashes of a playmaker in the preseason and was drafted in the 2nd round, you would expect to see him out on the field in the first game of the year. You would expect to see him get some reps.

We even let undrafted JJ Jones handle punts in the first game of the year. We let him get some kinks out right from the start.

We let Kyzir White play a ton and let him learn on the fly. Derwin James played every snap on defense. Where was Uchenna!?

Get this man out on the field and let him do work. The only reason I had heard for his absence from week 1 was that he hasn’t practiced much at defensive end. Why not play him at his natural position though. We let Kyle Emmanuel play and we saw how that worked out for us. Joey Bosa was out and we let one of our best pass rushers sit out the whole game.

Even if he has never played at end, line him up there and let him chase after the quarterback. Make it real simple for him.

Let this man see more than half the snaps on defense this week and see what he does. Let him make some mistakes, but also give him the opportunity to make some plays. Give him an opportunity to shine, because the other options sure were not.

More UCHENNA!

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