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LA Chargers: 5 biggest disappointments heading into bye week

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5. Uchenna Nwosu

Uchenna Nwosu is coming off of a decent game against the Baltimore Ravens that could make it seem like his season has not been disappointing thus far. It has been. The LA Chargers let Melvin Ingram walk at a miniscule price because they believed in Nwosu to be the next guy and if anything he has proven to be the contrary.

Nwosu has only 13 pressures in six games despite having over 120 pass-rushing snaps. Not only has he not generated the kind of pressure on the quarterback that the team was hoping for but he has been brutally bad against the run.

Pro Football Focus grades are really flawed and should never be the end-all say-all in an argument. However, the fact that he ranks dead last among edge rushers with his 34.4 grade is quite telling. I don't think I agree with the assessment that he is the worst in the league, but he is certainly in the bottom 10-20%.

At this point in the season, it is looking like it might have been a better choice to simply bring back Ingram. Of course, hindsight is 20/20 but this is a point I was making before he signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Having a second great edge rusher is a huge advantage for the defense. This not only helps get pressure to the quarterback from that side of the line but it helps unlock Joey Bosa as well.

We have seen Bosa get double and even triple-teamed at points this season. A big reason why teams can do that is that the Chargers lack the ability to consistently get pressure on the quarterback from their other defensive linemen.

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