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LA Chargers: 5 players who can take home an award in 2021

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Joey Bosa
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Joey Bosa, Defensive Player of the Year

Joey Bosa is already on track to become a franchise icon, with an early career production matching franchise greats. Becoming the first Charger in franchise history to win the DPOY award would firmly cement him alongside legends like O'Neil or Junior Seau.

But like the players mentioned before him, he will have his work cut out for him to overcome other players around the league aiming for the award.

His main challenge will come in the form of cross-town rival Aaron Donald, who will defend the award after having won it three times in the last four years. This time around, Bosa, not Donald, will have the benefit of being coached by Staley.

He will also have to fend off Pittsburgh Steelers star T.J. Watt, former No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns, and his own brother, Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers. These four players all have higher odds of winning the award, per WynnBET. Bosa has +1200 odds, the fifth-best in the platform.

This doesn't rule out other players who could have a surprisingly dominant season to win the award, like Stephon Gilmore had when he led a historically stout New England Patriots' defense in 2019. Bosa has dealt with his fair share of injuries but has shined when healthy.

If he manages to play 17 games, he should post career-high numbers across the board, helped by a new defense that will move him around and create opportunities for him to succeed.

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