Charger Zion Johnson Reflects on Rookie Year, Highlights Toughest Opponent

ohnson Receives Advice from Slater and Looks Forward to the Upcoming Season

Charger’s 2022 first-round pick, Zion Johnson, reflects on his debut season in the NFL and shares insights on his toughest opponent. In an interview with, the former Boston College product reveals that Chiefs’ defensive star Chris Jones was his most challenging blocking assignment.

According to Johnson, Chris Jones possesses a diverse skill set, making him a formidable force on the field. He can switch between being an elusive player and a powerful one, making him unpredictable and successful. Not only did the Bolts’ offensive line struggle to contain him, but numerous units across the league faced similar challenges when dealing with the Chiefs’ dominant defensive player.

Jones, named First Team All-Pro for the first time in his career, accumulated an impressive 15.5 sacks for the eventual Super Bowl champions, Kansas City.

Despite facing such a tough opponent in his rookie season, Johnson remains determined to improve and make strides in his sophomore campaign in the NFL. He has sought guidance from fellow offensive lineman Rashawn Slater, who offered valuable advice to help Johnson elevate his performance for the 2023 season. The Chargers aim to build on their previous playoff appearance in January and generate momentum for the upcoming year.

As the preseason approaches, Los Angeles boasts some formidable pass rushers of their own, and Johnson is excited to compete against them in practice. With another battle for AFC West supremacy on the horizon, Charger fans eagerly anticipate what the team has in store for the upcoming season.

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