While Kansas City Chiefs rookies and vets are turning heads in camp let’s take a look at the headlines around the rest of the teams in the AFC West.
San Diego Chargers
According to the San Diego Tribune, the Chargers third round draft pick Joey Bosa’s mother wishes her son had “pulled an Eli Manning” on draft day and refused to join the Chargers. The reason? The team has not contacted his agent in 10 days about getting a deal done and getting Bosa to camp.
Every first-round pick has been signed except for the star defensive end who was drafted number three overall by San Diego to be their premier pass rusher along the lines of other AFC West stars Khalil Mack, Von Miller, and Justin Houston.
Staying away from camp certainly won’t help Bosa achieve that level of play and his hold out really hurts both sides of the situation. There will be plenty of fans out there that will side with the team here and from their perspective they see a guy who has done nothing for the team try and get something he hasn’t earned.
But if you put yourself in Bosa’s shoes you might see that he is just a third overall pick trying to get what other players at his position and draft status obtained before him and the Chargers are offering nothing close to it.
Since he has yet to get a deal done he will definitely not be playing in the Chargers first preseason game on the 13th against the Titans. While it can be argued that there have been plenty of players who have avoided the preseason and done well in September, the vast majority of rookies take plenty of time to get acclimated to NFL speed. Missing some or all of games that don’t matter will affect those that do.
As far as the Chiefs are concerned here, anything that hurts the Chargers can’t necessarily be considered a bad thing though you never want to see guys get hurt. Absolutely no one that I’ve seen is picking the Chargers to be major players in the AFC and with issues like this it isn’t much of a surprise.
Next: Oakland Raiders