When Joey Bosa is on the football field, he’s looking to get to the quarterback.
During his time at Ohio State, the defensive end recorded 26 sacks in three years, including a 13.5-sack season in 2014. As a rookie last year for the San Diego Chargers, Bosa had 10.5 sacks in 12 games, to go along with 41 total tackles.
Despite his recent success getting into the backfield, Bosa has not been doing much sacking in practice.
“I’ve gotten in trouble a couple times for reaching out my hands, getting a little close there,” Bosa said last week on ProFootballTalk Live. “They got on me last week so I’m going to stay away from (the quarterback) for sure this week.”
Of course this makes sense. Quarterbacks are often distinguished during practice with different colored, “non-contact” jerseys in order to avoid an injury to football’s most important position.
Bosa understands this reasoning, but that doesn’t mean it’s not frustrating on a day-to-day basis.
“It’s tough, it’s something that we’re trained to do,” he said. “Reach out and grab the ball or finish the quarterback… going to the side of him is tough to do.”
While typically it’s the starting quarterback who is worried about getting hurt, that is not the case in Los Angeles, the Chargers new home, according to Bosa.
“Phil’s always cool,” the defensive end said of Philip Rivers, a 13-year veteran. “I apologize to him and he’s like, ‘What are you talking about? I didn’t even realize it.’ Kellen (Clemens), the backup quarterback, he didn’t give it to me. He just asked me politely. Apparently, the offensive coaches get a little…
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