The Football Fever: Bosa wins Defensive Rookie of the Year

HOUSTON -- (AP) Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa won the 2016 Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award in a landslide.

Sitting out the first four games after a protracted preseason holdout didn't damage the third overall draft pick much. He still managed 12½ sacks as the key threat on a San Diego defense that ranked only 16th overall.

"I don't really set goals like this for myself very often, awards,'' Bosa said. "But I definitely wanted this one. I'm really happy I got it done.''

That performance earned Bosa 37 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.

He easily outdistanced Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who received 10. The other three votes went to Falcons linebacker Deion Jones.

Bosa, whose father played three seasons with Miami (1987-89), is the second Charger to win the honor. Linebacker Shawne Merriman earned it in 2005.

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