Newly drafted defensive end Joey Bosa took the field for his first practices with the Chargers over the weekend, and the No. 3 overall draft pick did not disappoint.
Bosa -- along with more than 50 other rookies -- participated in the team's Rookie Mini Camp on Friday and Saturday, showing off the strength and power that he's been praised for during his college career. The Ohio State product was more than happy to get back to work.
"It's been awesome getting to wake up and think about football every day," Bosa said after Friday's practice.
Since arriving in San Diego about a week ago, Bosa has been limited to watching the veterans (or "old guys," as he calls them) while learning the playbook and participating in meetings.
"Wake up, come in, work out, meet and then go back to the hotel," Bosa said, when asked about his schedule leading up to Rookie Camp. "Getting to know the coaches, getting to know the facility. I mean, it's been pretty simple so far; they're trying to keep it not too crazy your first week."
Friday, he got his chance to show off his skills for the first time at the Chargers facility, taking the field to participate in individual and team drills.
"It was great finally getting getting to play some football, run some plays, fly around," Bosa said. "I think it went really well, at least for a first day. There's some mistakes that I made, and we'll correct them."
Chargers head coach Mike McCoy praised his efforts.
“It didn’t take long to figure out the guy we wanted to get,” McCoy said. “Any time you turned on Ohio State football and you were watching their defense, it didn’t matter if you were watching one of their players or an opponent on the offensive side of the football -- he was on tape often wreaking havoc and making plays. [He was] getting after the quarterback, running to the football and playing the way we want to play football here. It’s great to have him on our football team.”
Former Buckeyes' teammate Joshua Perry, who was selected by the Chargers in the fourth round of this year's draft, called Bosa "hard-working" and "strong."
"He makes plays, that's his thing," the inside linebacker added. "He's always going to go hard. [He is] athletically gifted, obviously, and someone who just gets after it with a motor. That's one thing we saw at Ohio State -- [Bosa] was getting triple teamed and he was still causing problems for the offense. You can't do that just because you're a gifted guy; you do that because it's ingrained in you that you hustle everywhere and you go hard every play."