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Uchenna Nwosu looks outstanding through two games

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Uchenna Nwosu #42 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his stop of Lamar Jackson #8 on third down with Isaac Rochell #98 during the first quarter at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 22: Uchenna Nwosu #42 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his stop of Lamar Jackson #8 on third down with Isaac Rochell #98 during the first quarter at StubHub Center on December 22, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Uchenna Nwosu, a former second-round selection by the Chargers, is looking like an absolute monster through two preseason games.

The Chargers have pulled most of their starters from preseason action, but one projected first-string defender, outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu, has been given significant playing time. And if his recent snaps are any indication of what is to come this season, the Chargers should be fired up.

Though Nwosu is receiving quite a bit of attention thus far, no one should be surprised; after all, he did dominate the preseason just last year, where the rookie picked up a sack in three separate games.

It was a surprise to see such a talented second-round selection who splashed in the preseason play only 25.58 percent of the team’s defensive snaps last year. Still, the rookie grew, and capped off his inaugural season with a strip-sack to win a postseason game in Baltimore.

For a glimpse of what he did last year, as well as how he’s progressed this season, here is a Twitter segment from Brian Baldinger:

.@chargers @UchennaN_42 #BoltUp #USCfootball Expecting Big year of growth and development from this former #Trojan. So many moving parts on Gus’ defense. #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/0jygjFpybx

— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) August 21, 2019

Next. Grading the special teams unit

If Nwosu continues to grow and find consistency on the field, the pass-rushing unit will become the best position group on the entire Chargers’ roster. The Chargers don’t have five legitimate receivers, or five lock down corners. But they do have Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Jerry Tillery, Justin Jones, and Nwosu, five players who are either established veterans or rising young studs. If Nwosu can rush off one edge, Ingram and Bosa are free to line up next to each other on the opposite side. Or, kick one of them inside, and still have two talented pass rushers on either side.

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