The Washington Post

Rookies struggle


Sam Cosmi won’t have to line up against a three-time Pro Bowl pick and former defensive rookie of the year every week, but the Washington rookie right tackle did Sunday, and it made for a tough debut. Joey Bosa made his presence felt from the start, when his pressure on Fitzpatric­k helped force a threeand-out on Washington’s first possession. Bosa had a sackfumble later in the half and generally made life difficult for Cosmi, Fitzpatric­k and Heinicke, though he did commit a couple of roughing the passer penalties that kept Washington in the game.

Rookie cornerback Benjamin St-juste was targeted often by Herbert. The third-round pick out of Minnesota made a nice play to break up a potential Mike Williams touchdown in the third quarter but was in coverage on the 6-foot-4 wide receiver when Williams made a 20-yard catch on third down on the Chargers’ final drive.

Washington’s first-round pick, linebacker Jamin Davis, had a pair of tackles, while long snapper Camaron Cheeseman committed a costly holding penalty on the Tress Way punt that preceded the Chargers’ game-ending march. There’s plenty of room for this rookie class to improve.

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