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Chargers DE Joey Bosa claims he’s ‘where I want to be’ in after injury-plagued 2018 season

Joey Bosa

Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Joey Bosa played in just seven games this past season as a result of a foot injury, finishing with 23 tackles, 5.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

But now, Bosa is healthy and ready to go:

“I don’t know if it makes me a better player that I have a messed-up foot — well, it’s not messed up, but you know what I’m mean — but going through that, I think I would have had an unbelievable year last year, and I would have added on this year,” Bosa said, according to Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com.

“I was frustrated last year, but it’s over now. I’m here at camp. It’s a new year and I’m ready to go. I’ve had a great offseason. It was a tough process working to get back to where I was, but I did, and I exceeded it. So I’m where I want to be.”

Bosa, who played his collegiate football at Ohio State, was originally selected by the Chargers with the third overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

He went on to appear in 12 contests during his rookie year, registering 41 tackles and 10.5 sacks. Then, the following season, Bosa participated in all 16 games, racking up 70 tackles, 12.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

There is no question that Bosa is one of the league’s best defensive linemen when he is healthy, something he clearly was not in 2018:

“I don’t like watching film from last year,” Bosa said. “It was not me. I didn’t have the same power, the same strength. It’s not an excuse. It is what it is — but it’s a fresh slate this year. I kind of want to put that behind me, what happened last year.”

So long as Bosa is 100 percent heading into this coming season, chances are, the 24-year-old will, indeed, put 2018 behind him and get back to being his old dominant self.