Joey Bosa became one of the best pass rushers in the NFL because of his explosiveness and reaction time:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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Los Angeles Chargers stand out Joey Bosa is one of the top pass rushers in the entire NFL and the characteristics that make him great are a little unusual. Bosa didn’t have the fastest 40 time by any means (4.88) and he also wasn’t great on the bench press either (225LB 24 reps). What Bosa does do well though is play the game very explosively. It should be noted that Joey Bosa was one of the best broad jump testers at the 2016 NFL Combine. Bosa was also a top performer in the 3 cone drill and 20 yard shuttle. These results prove two things, first it shows Bosa is very good at changing directions and accelerating. The broad jump also showcases Bosa’s power in his lower body. When you put all those attributes on the football field they translate into a player who can play with a ton of quickness. A big frame (6’5 270LB) and a high motor make Joey Bosa a load to handle and offensive lineman are simply over-matched by him. The 23 sacks over his first two seasons prove Bosa is at the top of his game and he has gotten better each year. All indications point to Joey Bosa being really dominant in his third professional season so the AFC West has to look out. The Chargers also have Melvin Ingram who can rattle opponents at the line of scrimmage too. Offensive coordinators have a lot to game plan against when they play this team and that strategy usually goes out the window when Bosa and Ingram punch them in the mouth. Los Angeles is looking better than they have in a while and now it will be about putting some complimentary pieces around those two elite defenders (Bosa and Ingram). Taven Bryan out of Florida would be a great fit next to those other guys. Together that trio are going to give Philip Rivers the best chance he’s had at making the playoffs in quite some time and Bosa in particular should flourish with all that talent around him.

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