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COSTA MESA, California – When you see Joey Bosa moving between the field and the (healthy) food truck after training, you might think he’s more of a sloth. Slowly, consciously, more slowly. You’d never guess he was one of the best and fastest edge rushers in the NFL.

But put Bosa on the soccer field, specifically in that new defense that the Los Angeles Chargers run, and the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Bosa has feline reflexes, brutal from the ball and even more brutal when in contact, which often is the case Case is – even without pads.

That is not to say that Bosa is comfortably standing on the edge instead of lying with his hand in the dirt. He does both, depending on whether new coach Brandon Staley has the Chargers in a 3-4 defense or a 4-3. It’s all designed to keep the opposing offense enigmatic and is completely unpredictable, just like Staley likes it to be.

And the thought of Bosa being used in many different ways is a terrifying thought for opposing defenses.

“It’s busy,” said Bosa. “Lots of moving parts. I usually come in here and just focus on how I rush every day, which is a different dynamic. I can judge myself on a different level and it’s fun. But yeah, it’ll take time. “

But football wisdom is not an issue for Bosa.

“I’ll make a few mistakes here and there, but when camp is over I’m sure it will become second nature,” he said.

In one sequence, Bosa faced rookie offensive tackle Rashawn Slater, who was praised by almost everyone in the camp. Slater was a first round draft pick for good reason, a player who had rookie defensive player of the year Chase Young (then at Ohio State) during his junior year at Northwestern – a great matchup of the week 1 between the Slater and Young as the Chargers leave for Washington.

But back to Bosa and his pace … the fast playing time. He faced Slater, who initially slowed him down and held him until the whistle sounded to end the replay. But if the whistle had been blown a little later, who knows whether the tower would have held.

“When I get angry, I become a different guy,” Bosa has said many times.

Bosa isn’t the only player who loves the new scheme.

“It’s refreshing,” said defensive lineman Justin Jones. “It allows a team to become inept to adapt to what we’re doing. It keeps them busy, which means offensive linemen are on their guard. They won’t know who’s flashing – who’s coming and who’s not.

“It will be hard to understand us (for the opponents). What we do, what we bring with us. We are never a standstill and that will make it really difficult to beat us.”

That goes well with Bosa, even if it means learning a new scheme and a new attitude. But Bosa admits that they are not easy to learn, which is good for him.

“A good defense shouldn’t be easy to learn in two days,” said Bosa. “So it’s a fun challenge. Of course, seeing it live is different from sitting at home and reviewing my book.

“It’s not so much the athletic part of it. It’s just about seeing the field, understanding the formation, seeing the shifts. There are a lot of moving parts. I think it’s a dynamic defense.”

It’s a defense that is about quick and relentless hitting like Bosa has played his entire career. Even last season, when battling a number of injuries, Bosa still recorded 7.5 sacks and 39 tackles.

“Joey Bosa, he would be good to do anything,” said Staley. “We’re trying to get him into a new comfort zone – there are some things we ask of him that he has never done. I think above all he will do what he can do best. ”At a high level. Some of the other things that are brand new to him are going to help not only him but his teammates as well, and we’ve tried to work that out for him. He was great. “

“You need top-notch players to play the kind of defense we hope for.”

Perhaps the safest way to slow down Bosa is to bring a dog, which is why Bosa may not have one (“I can barely take care of myself,” he said).

But he loves her. He slowly crawled into the field to hug the Chargers’ rescue mascot “Bolty” and said, “Come on, play with me” and hugged him tightly.

So the best way to stop Bosa? Dog hugs and a sports drink from the food truck.



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