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Why Joey Bosa is Only Scratching the Surface of His Potential

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Joey Bosa is an absolute monster.

The defensive end is fresh of a dominant 2017 campaign in which he totaled 70 tackles and 11 tackles for loss. Additionally, he had four forced fumbles (fourth in the NFL), 21 QB hits and set a new career-high for sacks in a single season (12.5). Against the Patriots in Week 8, he set an NFL record for the most sacks by a player in his first 20 games (19).

It's crazy to think Bosa is only 23 and just scratching the surface of his potential.

Just let that sink in for a second.

For as dominant as Bosa's been over his first two seasons, it's likely just the tip of the iceberg for what he'll accomplish when all is said and done.

Number 99's potential was front and center following Sunday's practice when he was asked if he's hit his "ceiling" for what he can be in the NFL.

"No, not at all," he said matter-of-factly. "I think there's so much I have to work on. I have an idea in my head of what I want things to look like and how I want to be as a player, and I'm not anywhere near those things. But I know I'm making the right steps in that direction. I've just got to kind of figure out how to take it to the next level. I'm kind of dissecting my game and other peoples' games to take it there."

Count Head Coach Anthony Lynn among those who agree with Bosa's assessment.

"Joey can improve," he said. "He's a young player. I don't think he's reached his peak yet at all, and the better we get on the defensive line and create more one-on-one matchups, that's going to help his success as well."

Perhaps no one benefits from Bosa's talents more than Casey Hayward. After all, a strong pass rush is a cornerback's best friend. Acknowledging it's crazy to think Bosa can get even better, Hayward agreed that number 99 appears to only be scratching the surface.

Hayward explained how Bosa is among the top defensive players in the league. He believes it's only a matter of time before he's the consensus number one defensive player in the NFL.

"I definitely don't think he's hit his potential," Hayward said. "I told people after his first year that I feel like he's going to be the best defensive player in this league … You've seen it from his rookie year until now. He's got so much potential. The sky's the limit for him."

Of course, potential can only take you so far.

However, it's Bosa's insane work ethic that convinces everyone he'll fulfill it.

"You see how hard he works," Hayward said. "Off the field. In the weight room. That's contagious. You see it and you want to work just as hard as he does."

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