The Cleveland Browns play the San Diego Chargers on Saturday, and All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas is extremely impressed with former Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa’s start with San Diego.
According to the Akron Beacon-Journal, here’s what Thomas had to say Thursday about the Chargers’ rookie:
“As far as rookies go, he’s the most polished pass-rusher that I’ve ever seen,” Thomas said. “His ability to use his hands, and he’s got a natural instinct about counter pass-rush moves and using his hands to beat an offensive lineman that you don’t really see out of rookies. He looks like an eight-year vet out there the way he tries to get after the quarterback. And then another thing that always stands out when you watch him is just the effort that he plays with.”
Bosa played at Ohio State from 2013-15, recording 148 tackles and 26 sacks and earning All-America honors during both of his final two seasons in Columbus.
After being drafted No. 3 overall in last spring’s NFL Draft, Bosa has 31 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 10 games this season for the Chargers and is a front-runner for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Pro Football Focus has argued that Bosa has had as strong a rookie season as his former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliot, who leads the NFL in rushing.