49ers rookie Nick Bosa racking up impressive statistics through first three games
Good news, San Francisco 49ers fans: Nick Bosa is very good at getting to the quarterback. Bad news, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, and Los Angeles Rams fans: Bosa is very good at getting to the quarterback.
Despite missing most of the training camp (high ankle sprain) and being questionable to play, the No. 2 overall pick has looked the part of a dominant pass-rushing defensive end.
According to Pro Football Focus, Bosa has recorded 17 pressures in three games, good for sixth in the NFL. He’s also credited with two sacks, four quarterback hits, and 11 hurries, per Rob Lowder of SB Nation. Monster numbers for a rookie defensive end that isn’t yet 100%.
Nick Bosa has been disruptive through his first three games with the #49ers. He’s gotten into the backfield 17 times, totaling two sacks, four quarterback hits and 11 hurries, per @PFF. Bosa’s played a huge role in the emergence of a drastically improved defense.
— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) September 23, 2019
Bosa is living up to the hype of being the No. 2 pick and is still the favorite to be the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Though his sack total isn’t gaudy, his numbers that indicate how often he can get to the passer is. Seventeen pressures on a bum ankle is freaky; it’s freakier when it’s coming from a rookie that, mind you, didn’t play most of the 2018 college football season.
With Bosa in the fold, San Francisco’s once porous defensive line has been dominant. Their 225 yards allowed in three weeks sits in the top 10, so does their total points allowed (54) and sacks accumulated (nine). San Francisco’s eight takeaways place them in the top five.
With Bosa rolling, the 49ers are 3-0. Next week, they’ll have the 1-2 Cleveland Browns at home. Cleveland’s much-maligned offensive line could give Bosa the edge for the game, as he’s destined to meet up with Baker Mayfield a few times.