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Niners DE Nick Bosa admits layoff has held him back ‘a little bit’ from 2023 season

ByGuillermo Garcia

Oct 25, 2023
Niners DE Nick Bosa admits layoff has held him back 'a little bit' from 2023 season

Bosa emphasized that his mindset and focus — ie: being “locked in” as the saying goes — hasn’t been where he wants it to be at all times through the 49ers’ first seven games. He cited them as the main reasons he struggled in Week 1 at the Pittsburgh Steelers and in Week 6 losses to the Cleveland Browns.

Regardless, Bosa has a 92.8 overall grade from PFF — second among cornerbacks. Bosa’s 17 QB hits lead the Niners and his 29 QB pressures are tied with Javon Hargrave for the team lead and 14th in the NFL along with the likes of Aaron Donald and Maxx Crosby. His 2.5 sacks aren’t eye-popping, but sacks are hardly solid when it comes to judging performance against performance.

“I try not to equate them, because like you said, it’s not an exact correlation at all,” Bosa said. “I think I’ve had some really good games this year that haven’t been sack games. And then I mentioned Cleveland, I got one and it was one of my worst games.

“I think if you just stay the course eventually they’ll come if you’re putting yourself in the right positions. I’m trying to keep playing up to my standard and I think they’ll come. This is a very long year so the biggest moments are hopefully when they come.”