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LA Chargers: Five reasons for 2020’s pass rush regression

Alexander Insdorf
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) Uchenna Nwosu and Joey Bosa
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) Uchenna Nwosu and Joey Bosa /
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Less Uchenna Nwosu in the last month

With Ingram back in the fold, Nwosu’s snaps and usage have dropped dramatically. At his peak, he had 65 snaps against Tampa Bay in Week 4. That was one of Nwosu’s best games, along with his two efforts against the Saints and Panthers in the absence of Ingram.

Nwosu played just eight snaps against the Jets prior to a shoulder injury. His volume was decreasing prior to that though, as he played just six snaps against the Raiders while healthy.

Unsurprisingly, the Chargers have leaned on Ingram heavily, but it’s proved to be the wrong decision. There’s no way the Chargers would bench Ingram, but they should be giving Nwosu more snaps than they currently are.

In 91 fewer snaps, Nwosu has four more sacks, five fewer pressures, and seven more tackles than Ingram. Now that he’s on injured reserve, there’s no real way to insert Nwosu back into the lineup for probably about a month. By the time he is cleared, the season will nearly be over.

It’s clear that the Chargers made the wrong decision by decreasing the former USC standout’s snaps by the volume they have. Next year there has to be an emphasis on getting Nwosu more snaps, regardless of what happens with the other edge rushers in the offseason.