Joe Thomas: Bosa most polished rookie pass rusher

The week prior to a non-rivalry NFL game is full of baseless, complimentary platitudes hurled from one side to the other about how good player X is or why player Y is dangerous and we need to stop him.

But as far as those platitudes go, this one from Browns tackle Joe Thomas about Chargers rookie Joey Bosa is pretty solid.

"As far as rookies go, he's the most polished pass rusher that I've ever seen," Thomas told "He's got a natural instinct about counter pass rush moves and using his hands to beat an offensive lineman that you don't really see out of rookies. He looks like an eight-year vet out there the way he tries to get after the quarterback. Another thing that always stands out when you watch him is just the effort."

Bosa, who already has 7.5 sacks despite missing the first four games of the season with a contract dispute, may very well be the latest great young pass rusher in the NFL. He'll also be instrumental in helping the Chargers avoid what has been a lingering fear from teams playing the Browns these past few weeks.

Bosa said that not being the team to lose to the winless Browns adds "a little extra motivation," though a lot of that is probably hidden. A few weeks ago, Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus came out and guaranteed a win over the Browns, simply stating that "We ain't gonna be that team. We're not going to be the team that busts (the Browns' losing streak) on them, no. Nobody in the league wants that to happen (to them), no."

Bosa has the kind of power to change the game, as Thomas eluded to. Should he give the 10-time Pro Bowler fits, Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III will have no safe pockets of grass to turn to.

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