2. Uchenna Nwosu
Uchenna Nwosu is slated to start and get the majority of the reps opposite of Joey Bosa as an edge rusher. Even if the team makes a last-minute signing and brings back Melvin Ingram, Nwosu will likely still start and get a majority of the snaps with Ingram’s age.
Nwosu certainly has potential and he has shown really good flashes at times in the league. He is solid against both the run and the pass and that is exactly what the Chargers need out of an edge rusher. While he is no Melvin Ingram and should not be expected to be one, he still has expectations as a starter on this defense.
Unfortunately, I think these expectations could be slightly misplaced and I do worry about how much he will actually be able to contribute in 2021. He will still have big plays in key situations, but overall, I am not sold on Nwosu being this every-down reliable edge rusher.
The reps just aren’t there. This is a player who plays around a third of the defensive snaps in any given season for the Chargers. Last year Nwosu played in 34% of the defensive snaps, the year prior he played in 37%, the highest of his career.
Is Nwosu going to be terrible? No. But it would not be shocking to me whatsoever if by the end of the season he is getting a smaller part of the rotation at the position than he was originally slated to get at the start of the year.