Jacksonville Jaguars: ‘Stealing’ one player from every AFC West team

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Defensive end Joey Bosa #97 of the Los Angeles Chargers (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Joey Bosa would add juice to the Jacksonville Jaguars’ pass rush.

The Los Angeles Chargers didn’t win many games in 2020 even though they had several playmakers. They have one of the best wide receivers in the NFL in Kennan Allen. Moreover, the transition from the Philip Rivers era to Justin Herbert went relatively smoothly. On the defensive side of the ball, they had safety Rayshawn Jenkins, cornerback Casey Heyward, and EDGE defender Joey Bosa.

In order to shake things up, the Bolts moved on from head coach Anthony Lynn this offseason and hired former Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Stanley to take his place. Also, their defense will look different in 2021. Jenkins landed in Jacksonville and Heyward signed with the Las Vegas Raiders. Also, Los Angeles let pass rusher Melvin Ingram hit the free-agent market and still remains available. Bosa is the only returning player from that formidable unit.

The third overall pick in 2016 has carved a pretty good NFL career. Although he held out in the offseason of his rookie campaign in order to get a fully guaranteed contract, he appeared in 12 games and logged  41 total tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, and 10.5 sacks. If it weren’t for injuries, he would be among the best EDGE defenders in the league. Over his five-year career, he’s missed 17 games. In that span, he’s logged 47.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. Imagine how much better his production would be if he had stayed healthy.

Even with injury red flags, Allen would be a great addition to the Jaguars’ front seven. Defensive coordinator Joe Cullen would likely find a way to deploy Bosa, Josh Allen, and K’Lavon Chaisson at the same time.