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Aldon Smith, Arian Foster, Joe McKnight are award winners

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Three players that got off to slow starts this year came on strong in October, winning NFL awards in the process.

49ers rookie linebacker Aldon Smith, whose role on the team has slowly increased, won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month award.  He recorded 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a safety, and a pass defensed in October.

It’s remarkable to think that Smith was considered a reach at No. 7 overall.  He’s part of a very strong rookie class, especially at the top of the draft.  Smith and Von Miller look like top candidates for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Texans running back Arian Foster also started the season quietly because of his injuries, but he’s back to his 2011 form.  Foster won the AFC Offensive Player of the Month award with 809 yards from scrimmagine with five scores in five games, including 310 as a scrimmage yards (499 rush, 310 receiving) with five touchdowns.  He’s carried Houston’s offense with Andre Johnson out.

Jets return man Joe McKnight, perhaps best known for his struggles on Hard Knocks last year, won the AFC’s Special Teams Player of the Month award. He led the league in kick return average for the month, and leads the NFL in kick return average for the season.

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22 Responses to “Aldon Smith, Arian Foster, Joe McKnight are award winners”
  1. aztukee says: Nov 3, 2011 1:23 PM

    Aldon Smith is a FREAKING BEAST

  2. jamfed619 says: Nov 3, 2011 1:38 PM

    Aldon Smith is a FREAKING weirdo

  3. johnnycamparm says: Nov 3, 2011 1:38 PM

    How did Foster win AFC Offensive Player of the Month, when Ben won AFC Offensive Player of the Week twice? Which is half of the month.

  4. pwillis52 says: Nov 3, 2011 1:39 PM

    Everyone questioned our Aldon Smith pick, myself included….

    … but I think we got ourselves a MONSTER

  5. cardiovascularendurance says: Nov 3, 2011 1:48 PM

    Von Miller?!? No way. The one that was benched a few weeks ago? Yeah, maybe we can throw Casey Matthews into the DROY discussion as well.

  6. galvestontexans says: Nov 3, 2011 1:53 PM

    Keep up the good work Foster

  7. taco87 says: Nov 3, 2011 1:59 PM

    Aldon smith is only going to get better too. Looking forward to it.

  8. marcsasharc says: Nov 3, 2011 2:02 PM

    Many people questioned the pick of Aldon Smith. Looks like harbaughs first draft was a big success.

    Smith, kaepernick, culliver, hunter, miller. Very nice.

  9. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Nov 3, 2011 2:21 PM

    Aldon Smith is tough.

    Von Miller I don’t think so.

  10. goldrush36 says: Nov 3, 2011 2:36 PM

    Blaine Gabbert is heartbroken. His teammate went to the team he thought he was going to, and has actually proven to be well worth his draft slot unlike the golden boy. One of the smartest moves Harbaugh and Baalke could’ve ever made. I was honestly having panic attacks to see Gabbert still on the board. Dropped to my knees and prayed they wouldn’t take him. Then in all honesty I exhaled with who the F is Aldon Smith. So glad he was flying under the radar

  11. drunkendegenerate says: Nov 3, 2011 3:00 PM

    Joe McKnight > Danny Woodhead

  12. briank1ne says: Nov 3, 2011 4:00 PM

    the thing about Aldon Smith is this. Hes not even a starter. He usually goes in only on third downs. To have that many defensive plays for only 3rd down is amazing. This guy is for real. And he is only going to get much better. Wait till they teach this guy how to play the run. sheeesh! good job young boi!

  13. grninerfan says: Nov 3, 2011 4:12 PM

    This is a great draft class for the fortyniners part of the reasson we are 6-1 right now. Good Job Aldon!

  14. zillabeast says: Nov 3, 2011 4:44 PM

    This 49ers defense is going to be epic good for a long, long time.

  15. richatthelake says: Nov 3, 2011 4:54 PM

    Having watched every snap of Aldon’s college career, I knew he had a huge upside. He just turned 22-years old in September. Good coaching, added strength & playing time will make this kid a consistent Pro Bowl performer down the road. The Niners hit a home run with this pick.

    He is a monster.

  16. dstep24 says: Nov 3, 2011 5:14 PM

    marcsasharc says:
    Nov 3, 2011 2:02 PM
    Many people questioned the pick of Aldon Smith. Looks like harbaughs first draft was a big success.

    Smith, kaepernick, culliver, hunter, miller. Very nice.

    ____________________________________

    Sorry…but why was Kaepernick a good pick again? Typically, trading up for an inaccurate, mechanically inconsistent QB in a bad QB draft isn’t considered a big success.

    Aldon Smith and Kendall Hunter are about it. But 2 is better than none. Culliver was reach too.

  17. rolloxd says: Nov 3, 2011 5:20 PM

    Everyone hating on Von. He has a sack in every game hes played in, except 1. He had some run gap trouble, thats why he got “benched”(which was a few plays)

    He’s the LONE bright spot in Denvers 31st ranked D. Everyone hating is crazy. Definately worth the No.2 Overall pick.

    Signed, a Broncos fan.

  18. taco87 says: Nov 3, 2011 6:23 PM

    Culiver a reach this guy is out of his mind. Cully has been playing good smart and very aggressive coverage. He has a pick and a few passes defenses. When they do catch on him he makes the tackle routinely and every defender gives up catches. And Bruce miller has been good if you watch any 49ers games this kid is opening good holes trailing frank down field and sometimes takes more than one defender out of the play. As for kaepernick well can’t say much coach knew he was a project has a lot of upside next year we can grade if he was a reach or not.

  19. bosdober says: Nov 3, 2011 6:30 PM

    dstep24 says: Nov 3, 2011 5:14 PM
    Aldon Smith and Kendall Hunter are about it. But 2 is better than none. Culliver was reach too.
    —————————————————–
    Reality disagrees. Bruce Miller is the starting FB on a 6-1 team. Chris Culliver is logging significant PT as the nickel CB on the #1 scoring defense in the NFL.

  20. ninerdynasty says: Nov 3, 2011 7:34 PM

    goldrush36 says: Nov 3, 2011 2:36 PM

    Blaine Gabbert is heartbroken. His teammate went to the team he thought he was going to, and has actually proven to be well worth his draft slot unlike the golden boy. One of the smartest moves Harbaugh and Baalke could’ve ever made. I was honestly having panic attacks to see Gabbert still on the board. Dropped to my knees and prayed they wouldn’t take him. Then in all honesty I exhaled with who the F is Aldon Smith. So glad he was flying under the radar
    ——————————————————–
    I was in the same boat as you. Except that i did know who Aldon smith was through that moochi show on ESPN. but i still thought he was a little reach.. Props to balkee, he has turned this team around in 2 years after scott drunkie mcalcoholaham was fired…

  21. marcsasharc says: Nov 3, 2011 8:24 PM

    The fact that this guy thinks SF only got 2 good players in the draft says enough. Poor guy hasn’t seen SF play very often. Rogers is having a pro bowl year and Culliver has statistically been better and is having the best CB season for anyone is the last draft.

    Fact.

    Fin.

  22. goldrush36 says: Nov 3, 2011 10:07 PM

    Dstep just likes to hate on the niners because it drives him crazy they are winning. Anyway, I dunno what football you watch, but you can ask one Megatron about whether Culliver was a reach. Just because Kiper said so doesn’t mean jack. Also Miller replacing an injured Norris is one of the biggest factors in Gore tearing it up. Norris simply couldn’t create holes anymore. For 4 rookies to be such a huge part of the gameplan on a 6-1 team, takes a very successful draft class. Kaepernick has seen very little field time because they simply don’t need him yet. Moving up was the only option all other half decent QB’s were off the board and they needed a developmental QB and depth period behind Alex

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