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Defensive Ends (4): Joey Bosa, Uchenna Nwosu, Kyler Fackrell, Chris Rumph II
Joey Bosa and Uchenna Nwosu are the new EDGE tandem for the Bolts. Melvin Ingram has left the building after 9 seasons with the team. While it’s sad to see a team leader like him go, his 2020 decline plus lingering injuries probably made it the right decision to move on from him.
That duo won’t work in quite the same way considering the new defensive structure though. Ingram and Bosa rarely dropped into coverage or moved much in a Gus Bradley defense. Based on Staley’s affinity for seeking matchups out, that could be quite a bit different in 2021.
Kyler Fackrell has some of that coverage/rush versatility that Staley seems to like from his edge players. In 2020, Fackrell had the 2nd most sacks in a single season of his career with four. Efficiency is where the former Giant needs to be better though. While he had a career high 24 tackles, he also missed nine.
Rookie Chris Rumph will have to contribute at least 10-15 snaps per game. This is the part of the edge group that concerns me the most. Rumph has gained some weight but might still struggle to hold up against the run in year one. There’s definitely some slippery pass rush moves, but he cannot be a liability in the ground game.