Rochell suited up for three games in San Diego during his rookie season, before earning a regular role with the club last year. He ended up appearing in all 16 games, including three starts, and accumulated 29 tackles (18 solo), five sacks, and one interception. He currently projects to provide depth behind Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram on the edge in 2019.
Rochell accumulated two tackles and 1.5 sacks during Sunday's 20-6 win over the Raiders.
With Joey Bosa (foot) sidelined, Rochell has managed to rack up 4.5 sacks as his replacement. Bosa is expected to return at some point in the coming weeks, and that could drastically cut into Rochell's playing time.
Rochell should be in line for an increased role with Joey Bosa (foot) ruled out for Sunday's game at Buffalo, Jack Wang of The Orange County Register reports.
Rochell earned the start in the season opener, recording four tackles (two solo) while playing 51 of 56 defensive snaps. Coach Anthony Lynn said Bosa will "probably be gone for the next couple weeks," keeping the window open for Rochell. It looks as though the 23-year-old will continue to play a heavy role in the Chargers defensive line rotation while Bosa is sidelined.
Rochell could be in position to earn a spot in the defensive line rotation, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Rochell has been perhaps the biggest Chargers riser throughout the offseason, as it's been difficult to find anything but glowing opinions of the 23-year-old. With Corey Liuget (suspension) out for the first four weeks of the regular season, Rochell is expected to compete with Darius Philon and Damion Square for additional snaps at nose tackle or defensive end.
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