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LA Chargers: 4 questions surrounding the defense in 2021

Jun 7, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley during organized team activities at the Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 7, 2021; Costa Mesa, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley during organized team activities at the Hoag Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Can anyone step up and be a true no. 2 alongside Joey Bosa?

Barring a late signing to bring Melvin Ingram back, which still feels like it is possible, the LA Chargers are going to need someone on the defensive line to step up and be the team’s true second pass-rusher alongside Joey Bosa.

Bosa and Ingram have been that duo for the best several years and outside of last season when Ingram was hurt, they have made up one of the best defensive end duos in the league. Both players were Pro Bowlers and were a key part of the Chargers winning 12 games in 2018.

Ingram is expected to be gone and replacing him is Uchenna Nwosu. Nwosu has potential and has shown it in bursts for the Chargers but I have not seen enough to fully commit to him being a great outside edge rusher in 2021.

Outside of that, the options for the Bosa’s Robin are thin. There could be some Jerry Tillery potential if Staley can get his hands on him and help him reach his ceiling. Will the veteran Linval Jospeh step up? Or will we all be surprised with a rotational pass rusher who steps up?

Staley has gotten the most out of role players alongside a star on the defensive line before and he could do so again with the Bolts and Bosa.

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