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Joey Bosa Pretty Much Dominated His First NFL Game

Sunday was a long time coming for Joey Bosa.

Joey Bosa, the Chargers rookie defensive lineman out of Ohio State, played in his first NFL game on Sunday. Bosa had a lengthy holdout over the summer and injuries forced him to be sidelined for San Diego's first four games. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft made his debut on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. It was a good one.

In the Chargers' 34-31 loss to the Raiders, Bosa played 27 snaps and totaled:

  • Two sacks
  • Two quarterback hurries
  • Five combined tackles
  • Three tackles for loss

That's quite a stat line for a rookie playing in his first NFL game, especially one who played just 27 snaps.

Here were his two sacks.

Bosa was happy with his performance.

From ESPN:

“It’s nice to get the butterflies out because I was pretty nervous coming into this game,” Bosa said. “There was a lot tension leading up to this moment. But I’m happy with the way that I played.

“I know I can play a lot better. But until we start winning, it really doesn’t matter.”

The Chargers (1-4) are set to play the Broncos (4-1) on Thursday night.