Philip Rivers: Chargers ‘nailed’ Joey Bosa pick
After a rough year in 2015, things could be looking up for the San Diego Chargers thanks to the selection of Ohio State All-American defensive end Joey Bosa.
At least Philip Rivers, their longtime quarterback, thinks so.
In an interview with Will Brinson of CBS Sports, Rivers opined on the decision to draft Bosa. It appears he’s a fan.
“I know it’s still a little early to say, but I think we nailed that pick at No. 3 overall,” he said.
One of the reasons for Rivers optimism? Bosa’s unique athleticism means versatility for a defense that finished in the bottom half of the league in points allowed per game in 2015.
“John Pagano, he’s in nickel and sub defenses over 70 percent of the time and that’s where Joey is probably gonna fit in right there at the end. Shoot, I saw him on some college tape playing 3-technique in a 4-3. He’s very versatile so I don’t think that’s an issue. I think [GM] Tom Telesco’s philosophy is just get good football players and we’ll figure out where they go. We don’t have to fit a certain, exact scheme, and I think Joey fits that mold.”
Bosa has made headlines recently with his decision to skip a “mandatory” minicamp for Chargers rookies, but it seems the veterans in the Bolts facility are excited to see “Shrug Life” this fall in San Diego.