The Los Angeles Chargers were without two of their stars for majority of last season. Having both Joey Bosa and Hunter Henry back at full health should scare teams.
The Chargers have a very talented roster. They finished with a 12-4 record last season, tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the best record in the AFC.
And they did it without their best defensive player and No. 1 tight end.
Bosa missed the first nine games after dealing with a foot injury. Henry missed the entire regular season due to a torn ACL and managed to play only a handful of snaps in the Chargers’ playoff loss to the New England Patriots. Bosa, who still managed to rack up 5.5 sacks in nine games, was not at 100 percent. Everyone knew Henry, who made a very quick recovery, was going to be a non-factor in the AFC divisional game.
The full return of these two studs will make what was already a scary team even scarier.
Bosa is back and says he feels as fast and strong as ever, according to NFL.com. There was an earlier report that said he was dealing with foot soreness, but I expect an All-Pro performance this season.
Bosa, who is only 23 years old, has the highest pressure rate among edge defenders since 2016 (Bosa’s rookie year), per Pro Football Focus. He was one of three Chargers (Bosa, S Derwin James and CB Desmond King) to make NFL.com’s Marc Sessler’s NFL All-Under-25 Team. Not only that, but his presence will benefit teammates like Pro Bowler Melvin Ingram and rookie Jerry Tillery.
As for Henry, the Chargers are getting back one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the game, as well as a solid run blocker.
— PFF LA Chargers (@PFF_Chargers) May 26, 2019
Head coach Anthony Lynn said Henry looks healthy this offseason, too, via ESPN’s Eric Williams. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder will be a mismatch in the slot and a huge red-zone threat for the Chargers. And like I mentioned before, Melvin Gordon and Co. will find it easier to run when Henry is out there blocking.
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So Chargers fans, get ready for the return of Bosa and Henry. It will be fun to watch.