LA Chargers: Joey Bosa plays through tricep injury – Week 2 game grade

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The LA Chargers defensive line once again looked stout on Sunday. Here is Joey Bosa’s grade for the game.

Although the LA Chargers could not come away with the win in their SoFi Stadium debut, the defense once again gave superstar Patrick Mahomes fits up front. They kept this game much closer than many people expected (maybe even some Chargers fans).

A very key component of the defensive line’s constant pressure was defensive end Joey Bosa. While he only came away with one sack, he gave tackle Mitchell Schwartz fits all day long. He also did this with a left tricep injury which according to Bosa himself hindered his left arm useless at multiple points throughout the game.

Joey Bosa had a whopping ten(!!!) pressures for our LA Chargers on Sunday afternoon. Along with that, Bosa put up four total tackles, two for loss, two quarterback hits, and the one sack mentioned earlier.

For his grade, another A+ day is the only thing that seems right for Bosa, and here’s why.

Breaking down Joey Bosa’s A+ grade:

Joey Bosa has simply been a freak of nature through the first two games of this season. He has been the face of the LA Chargers defense without a doubt as Derwin James is sidelined for the entirety of the year.

There is not just one main positive to Bosa’s performance against Kansas City. Practically anytime he was on the field, he looked like a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. His speed was so crucial in causing chaos amongst the Chiefs offensive line all game long. As we saw last week, before Mahomes could complete his drop back it felt as if Bosa was already in his face.

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A “negative” people may try to take out of this game is the fact that Bosa did not have the energy to play some crucial snaps at the tail end of the ballgame. However, the entire defense had been playing their hearts out, and they were all gassed after almost five quarters of football against the most explosive offense in the league. Considering Bosa still performed at the level he did for so long playing with what seems to be a nagging tricep injury, it’s truly incredible.

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Joey Bosa has a matchup against the Carolina Panthers next week which he can certainly come out of with another A+ grade. If he continues this play throughout the season, denying him the Defensive Player of the Year may be very difficult.