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Los Angeles Chargers Defense Missing Joey Bosa’s Impact

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is sacked by Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first quarter during an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is sacked by Joey Bosa #99 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first quarter during an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Chargers are missing DE Joey Bosa’s impact on the field. We need his playmaking ability ASAP.

Can we just get Joey Bosa back on the field already? Joey is sidelined with a foot injury and I don’t expect to see him back on the field this week against the Los Angeles Rams. This would be a fun matchup to see him get back, but I still think he needs a couple more weeks to recover. I would rather have a healthy Joey late in the year than for this early matchup though.

Watching the Chicago Bears and Khalil Mack on Monday Night Football reminded me of the impact that Joey Bosa has on the field for our defense. Khalil Mack made everyone on defense look better and his playmaking ability was contagious. He made everyone on the defense better. That is what we miss with Bosa out.

With all the attention that Joey draws and his ability to still make plays with that attention, it makes everyone up front better. Melvin Ingram looks like a Pro Bowl player when Joey is on the field. Melvin has been a little quiet for Melvin standards. He does have 1.5 sacks though.

Our pass rush has been up and down for the first couple of weeks of the year and we have been bringing more pressure from our safeties than usual. With Bosa on the field, our hurries would turn into sacks. We have been watching quarterbacks sit back in the pocket for some time or avoiding the rush and then we would give up a long pass.

Bosa’s impact is unreal. We kind of take it for granted until we don’t see him on the field for a few games. It feels like we have given up a few big plays this year already that we wouldn’t have given up last year. We also allowed a big conversions on 3rd down. Our corners don’t look as dominant without the pressure that we usually provide. Can’t wait to get his presence back on the field.

I can’t even imagine what Derwin James is going to look like when he has a healthy Joey Bosa in front of him making plays. Derwin has looked elite already and adding another elite player on the field is going to allow this defense to make some big time plays.

Can’t wait! Hurry up Joey… we miss you!

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