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Joey Bosa: I know I have a lot to prove

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Joey Bosa #99 of the San Diego Chargers reacts after a sack of Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 9, 2016 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

When a snap skittered off of holder Drew Kaser’s hands in the fourth quarter, it was clear that nothing had changed for the Chargers when it came to finding painful ways to lose games in 2016.

One change from previous weeks was in evidence earlier in the 34-31 loss to the Raiders. Defensive end Joey Bosa made his long-awaited debut for the team that drafted him with the third overall pick in April and showed some of the skills that made him such a high selection.

Bosa had two sacks, two quarterback hits and three tackles for losses to create exactly the kind of disruption that the team wanted to add to the defensive front. It’s the sort of thing that Chargers fans will likely take a shine to as well, although Bosa knows it will take a little time to get past any lingering ill will from his contract impasse with the team.

“It’s tough when you’re doing everything in your power to help the team, doing everything you can to perform at the highest level, and you can’t be out there,” Bosa said, via the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Most of the fans — of course, there are some great fans who supported me — but walking out in my own stadium, people are booing me, people coming at me in negative ways. I just want support because I want [fans] to know I’m doing everything I possibly can to help this team win. I’m the last one out of the facility every single day. I know I missed a lot, and I have a lot to prove. It’s a bummer when you’re working as hard as you do and you still don’t have that support that you want. I’m just going to keep doing what I do, keep my head down, keep working hard. Hopefully, we start winning some games. I know we will.”

More performances like that from Bosa should help the effort to win a few games, although you’d be forgiven for thinking some sort of mystical power wants to be sure they keep losing in San Diego this season.

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19 Responses to “Joey Bosa: I know I have a lot to prove”
  1. ariani1985 says: Oct 10, 2016 9:26 AM

    good for him but the Raiders are horrible!

  2. JMClarkent says: Oct 10, 2016 9:33 AM

    I give him props – all of the signs were pointing to a potential bust, the kid got out there and was an absolute terror.

    He seems to have a high motor and was all over the field; it make you wonder how much better he would have been with a proper camp.

  3. THX 138 says: Oct 10, 2016 9:35 AM

    He played well and i was surprised. They could have used him this last 4 weeks. Time to fire McCoy and cut Kasar,

  4. mdsayre says: Oct 10, 2016 10:04 AM

    Keep rackin’ up sacks, and eventually the fans will stop booing.

  5. lenthevikesfan says: Oct 10, 2016 10:18 AM

    So if all you people called him a bust before he ever even played a game is it OK for the rest of us to say he’s going to the hall of fame now? A couple games sets a career to most of you, right?

  6. therealraider says: Oct 10, 2016 10:25 AM

    Bosa got twice as many sacks in his first NFL game as Khalil Mack has had all year.

  7. thraiderskin says: Oct 10, 2016 10:28 AM

    Man… what a bust, only two sacks against a top 3 oline? Lol.

  8. philspimphand says: Oct 10, 2016 10:37 AM

    I’m Listening…. Where are all you “BUST” commenters now???? CRICKETS… two sacks in first game… come one haters where are you????

  9. Raider Jon says: Oct 10, 2016 10:46 AM

    Only the Charges can screw something up even when they get it right. I know it was only one game, but Bosa looked like the real deal. The Chargers got the pick right but couldn’t get him signed and into training camp. Maybe that’s why the players can’t finish games. Their front office drops the ball all the time and the players are following suit.

  10. mullman76 says: Oct 10, 2016 10:50 AM

    Raiders are 4-1

  11. mrgroovesd says: Oct 10, 2016 10:55 AM

    When Bosa gets a sack, we’ll call it a Bosack! Thank you! I’ll be here all week!

  12. rayguyhof says: Oct 10, 2016 11:05 AM

    Congrats Joey. It must be great to play against a 4th string (Watson, Howard, and McCants out), 7th round draft pick RT and get sacks.

  13. TedHurtz says: Oct 10, 2016 11:41 AM

    mrgroovesd says:
    Oct 10, 2016 10:55 AM
    When Bosa gets a sack, we’ll call it a Bosack! Thank you! I’ll be here all week!
    =========
    I’d like to try the veal please

  14. sdcharger123 says: Oct 10, 2016 11:56 AM

    He was impressive. Going into yesterday’s game, the Raiders o-line allowed the fewest sacks in the league. I didn’t expect Bosa to have the success he did given the lack of training camp and being that it was his first game and he played limited snaps. It was certainly encouraging and it’s probably the only positive so far this year for me as a Chargers fan.

  15. rickochey says: Oct 10, 2016 12:43 PM

    RayGuyHof…. so what is your excuse for not beating a 6th round QB pick in Tom Brady???

  16. rickochey says: Oct 10, 2016 12:44 PM

    If Bosa keeps this up I can definitely see the Chargers D as one of the best. Bosa and Ingram..

  17. raidernationkc says: Oct 10, 2016 1:06 PM

    Bozo was going against a fourth stinger

  18. raidernationkc says: Oct 10, 2016 1:07 PM

    Bozo was going against a fourth stringer

  19. dreadnok89 says: Oct 10, 2016 3:57 PM

    Meanwhile Clowney was being molested by a fullback

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