The Los Angeles Chargers had a busy offseason. They addressed the offensive line, added some defensive gamers, and drafted in addition to any of the opposite 31 groups within the NFL.
They watched Casey Hayward and Melvin Ingram go away, in flip, opening up some positions on protection. Second-round decide Asante Samuel Jr. is all however slated to take Hayward’s spot. Nonetheless, Ingram’s spot is up for grabs, and that’s the place USC’s Uchenna Nwosu hopes to slip in when the season begins.
But, he isn’t specializing in that. With Joey Bosa on the opposite aspect and in gentle of the departure of Ingram, Nwosu is approaching the practices with the identical mindset as earlier than. He needs to maintain issues easy.
“I’m approaching it the identical method I do each season; simply be able to go, truthfully,” defined Nwosu. “Working exhausting day-after-day, ensuring I’ve the protection down pat. Ensuring that I do know what I’m doing once I’m on the sphere so I don’t have any confusion. Making ready,” per Fernando Ramirez of Sports Illustrated.
The previous Trojan was chosen within the second spherical of the 2018 NFL draft and has been ready for a beginning spot. One motive the Bolts determined to let Ingram stroll is due to the untapped potential of Nwosu, who has totaled 10 sacks throughout his first three seasons.
He has made probably the most of his alternatives. This play final season towards the New Orleans Saints reveals a small glimpse of his potential.
Uchenna Nwosu bull rushes Terron Armstead into Drew Brees’ lap for the sack 😤pic.twitter.com/qmw34zWKEj
— PFF (@PFF) October 13, 2020
Oh, and let’s not neglect that the Chargers employed Brandon Staley as the pinnacle coach within the offseason. Sure, this is identical Brandon Staley who was the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams, which had the most effective protection within the NFL in 2020.
With the Chargers passing on an EDGE within the draft, this job is Nwosu’s to lose. He and Bosa ought to scare the life out of AFC West opponents and all different NFL foes.
The progress of Nwosu will probably be one thing to control as camps progress. The probabilities of him beginning Week 1 are noticeably higher than 50-50. He’ll greater than possible get a beginning job after years of persistence.