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Los Angeles Chargers: Awards for the 2019 season

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers autographs a helmet for a fan following the Chargers 30-24 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers autographs a helmet for a fan following the Chargers 30-24 overtime victory over the Indianapolis Colts at Dignity Health Sports Park on September 08, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 22: Defensive end Joey Bosa #97 flexes for defensive end Melvin Ingram #54 of the Los Angeles Chargers after a sack of quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders in the first half of the game at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – DECEMBER 22: Defensive end Joey Bosa #97 flexes for defensive end Melvin Ingram #54 of the Los Angeles Chargers after a sack of quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders in the first half of the game at Dignity Health Sports Park on December 22, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Defensive Player of the Year: Joey Bosa

Bosa played in all 16 games for the Chargers this season and put up solid numbers despite constantly drawing extra attention from the opposition.

Bosa had 11.5 sacks on the season, maintaining his spot as one of the league’s best pass rushers. He also had 67 total tackles and a fumble recovery, but the stat that really jumps off the page is the 20 tackles for loss he had, which were among the most in the league.

Other strong defensive efforts were turned in by Melvin Ingram, who had seven sacks, Thomas Davis who led the team with 112 tackles and Casey Hayward who has firmly established himself as one of the league’s best corners.

It’s safe to say that Derwin James would have been part of that list too had he not missed almost the entire season.

But Bosa was the best of the bunch and there really is no argument to that. In four seasons, Bosa has posted 40 sacks in just 51 career games played. So long as he stays healthy, he will be one of the top pass-rushing threats in the league.

And he has the ability to be the best defensive player in Chargers history, which is saying a lot.

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