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5 LA Chargers who improved the most during the 2021 season

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3. Uchenna Nwosu

This is a case of a player not only improving from how he played in previous years but improving as the season went along. Heading into the 2021 season, it was fair to be concerned about how much Uchenna Nwosu would be able to contribute to the LA Chargers. Sure, he was a former second-round pick that showed promise, but he had never played more than a third of the defensive snaps prior to 2021.

Those concerns translated into poor play out of Nwosu over the first half of the season. He and Kyler Fackrell failed to be an impactful edge-rushing duo and it seemed as if Nwosu was on his way to playing himself out of LA and getting a minuscule contract in free agency.

However, something changed in Nwosu and he really started to pick up the pace in the second half of the season. Not only was Nwosu generating much more pressure on the quarterback but he was also making more run stops as well. He was no longer a liability on defense and was actually playing above average.

Is Nwous going to be an elite pass-rusher? No. Could the Chargers let him walk in free agency if they are able to sign an elite pass-rusher? That is possible. However, he proved he is more than capable of taking on a starting role and making big plays happen from the position. His interception against Patrick Mahomes was arguably the best defensive play of the season by the Bolts.

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