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49ers' Nick, Joey Bosa have identical stat through first four NFL games

49ers' Nick, Joey Bosa have identical stat through first four NFL games

Like father, like son, like son.

The Bosas have what you would call great bloodlines for defensive linemen, as father John and sons Joey and Nick are one of two families in NFL history -- along with the Mannings -- to have three first-round draft picks.

Oh, and Joey and Nick's uncle, Eric Kumerow, was drafted in the first round the year after their father. Not bad, huh? 

Imagine what those backyard games were like.

Much like the Bosas that came before him, Nick is off to a tremendous start to his NFL career, coming off a performance in which he was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his dominance in the 49ers' win over the Browns. His 26 quarterback pressures are the most by any rookie through the first five weeks of a season since 2006, according to Pro Football Focus.

The key word there is "first." It turns out that Nick has been precisely as disruptive -- at least in terms of QB pressures -- as Joey was over the first four games of his now-decorated career.

That's right. Two brothers, one who was a No. 2 overall pick and one who was a No. 3, who play the same position, had an identical number of quarterback pressures over their first four NFL games. The only difference is, Joey's first four games came later in his rookie season with the Chargers, as he missed the first four weeks in a contract holdout.

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Joey went on to be named the 2016 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after totaling 10.5 sacks in 12 games. Nick sure seems headed in the same direction, and little bro has a head start.

Damian Lillard wants Odell Beckham Jr. on Raiders if Browns make trade

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Damian Lillard wants Odell Beckham Jr. on Raiders if Browns make trade

Damian Lillard has become a star in Portland with the Trail Blazers, but he forever will have his heart in Oakland. 

The Town native bleeds silver and black and would love to see a star receiver in the Raiders' offense. And he has a big idea to get one in Oakland, no matter how unlikely it is. 

That's right, Dame wants Odell Beckham Jr. on the Raiders. It certainly would be a huge boost to the team's receiving corps issues, but no, this isn't going to happen. 

While the Browns (2-3) haven't lived up to their sky-high expectations this season, especially after a 31-3 beatdown from the 49ers on "Monday Night Football," Cleveland is sticking with OBJ. 

Through his first five games with the Browns, Beckham has 335 yards receiving on 23 receptions and has scored just one touchdown. While the outside world penciled him in for bigger numbers than that, they still would lead the Raiders' receivers. 

Tyrell Williams currently has the most receptions (17) and receiving yards by a Raiders wideout this season. There's no doubt Williams has been a solid addition to the offense, but he's much better suited as a No. 2 option.

[RELATED: Gruden's WR turnover near constant since re-joining Raiders]

Coach Jon Gruden keeps shuffling through receivers like he's a Blackjack dealer. OBJ will not be in the Raiders' deck. 

At least not this season.

Father of 49ers' Nick Bosa believes celebrations were out of character

Father of 49ers' Nick Bosa believes celebrations were out of character

49ers rookie edge rusher Nick Bosa had a coming-out party on a national scale in San Francisco's 31-3 thrashing of the Browns last Monday night. He was a one-man wrecking crew for which Cleveland had no answer.

With only four games to his career resume, the sky is the limit for the No. 2 overall pick from the 2019 NFL Draft. His 26 quarterback pressures are the most by any rookie through the first five weeks of a season since 2006, according to Pro Football Focus.

So, it's absolutely reasonable to expect Bosa to continue to make life tough on opposing quarterbacks. However, his father believes his future standout performances will be differentiated by the motivating factors. For one, don't expect more flag-planting celebrations.

"That was very out of character, actually," John Bosa said of his son's post-sack celebration on KNBR's Papa & Lund Podcast. "And that will probably not be the norm for him. He had some extra motivation. He will bring that same fire every Sunday, or every Monday or Thursday. That, you'll never have to worry about. He'll have the same fire. He just had a little bit of extra (motivation).

"I think maybe the opposition's quarterback maybe got under his skin a little bit as far as some of the way he carries himself," the elder Bosa continued, "and I think that might have been perceived as a little bit of disrespect. But that was kind of out of character."

The "opposition's quarterback," obviously, is Cleveland's Baker Mayfield, who provided the motivation for Bosa's celebration when he planted the University of Oklahoma flag at the Horseshoe after a victory over Bosa's alma mater, Ohio State.

After the win over the Browns, Bosa wasn't shy about making that motivating factor known. Mayfield heard about it, and when he was asked about Bosa's celebration Wednesday, Cleveland's loud-mouthed signal-caller just couldn't take the 'L.'

"He had it premeditated," Mayfield said of Bosa's celebration. "He's been thinking about that, obviously, for two years now, so that's a long time to think about that loss."

The irony here, of course, is that Mayfield used the same motivational reasoning when explaining his decision to plant the flag at Ohio State.

"Part of it was [what happened] last year," Mayfield said at the time, referring to Ohio State's 45-24 win at Oklahoma the previous season. "It was embarrassing for them to sing their fight song on our field. They're probably feeling the same way right now."

Pot, meet hypocritical kettle.

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Bosa's celebration might have been out of character, but perhaps with him now looking like one of the absolute scariest sights for opposing quarterbacks, they might think twice about antagonizing him.