Chargers first game ball
The theme for this years Chargers team seems to be next man up. It’s a phrase that head coach Anthony Lynn has said repeatedly as the team has dealt with various injuries to key players. That was the theme again this week as Melvin Ingram was unable to play, which meant Nwosu was forced into a key role on the Chargers’ defense. After standing out in the preseason, it was clear he was deserving of more opportunities. On Sunday, he got the chance and put out the best game of his professional career.
Uchenna Nwosu earned an ELITE 90.8 defensive grade in week 5. Among all edge defenders, this grade was second highest in the league. He racked up 5 total pressures, 4 tackles, 3 assists, 4 stops and a forced fumble pic.twitter.com/aLPCe3QoYe
— PFF LA Chargers (@PFF_Chargers) October 7, 2019
Talk about having a day! Not only did he break out and have career high numbers, he also stepped up when the team needed him most. The forced fumble on Broncos’ quarterback Joe Flacco kept points off the board and was a play the team desperately needed to swing some momentum their way. The former USC standout made a beautiful move past the Broncos’ offensive line and swiped at the ball to force it loose, similarly to what he did in the team’s playoff win in Baltimore last season. Ingram’s health is something to monitor but if he is forced to miss more time, Nwosu proved that he is more than capable as a fill in. Even when Ingram is healthy, Nwosu deserves to be on the field more frequently.