PFT’s NFL 2022 defensive player of the year: Nick Bosa

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Defensive end Nick Bosa finished the season with the most sacks in the NFL, and the 49ers finished with the No. 1 defense in the NFL. That made the selection of Bosa as PFT’s pick for defensive player of the year an easy one.

Bosa didn’t get a chance to finish Sunday’s game against the Cardinals as the 49ers sat him and several other starters after getting a big lead. But he still finished with 18.5 sacks, 2.5 more than anyone else in the NFL.

Bosa and coach Kyle Shanahan talked earlier in the week, and they were scoreboard watching Haason Reddick and Myles Garrett to make sure neither had a chance to surpass Bosa on the final day.

Bosa, though, finished one sack shy of the franchise record of 19.5 set by Aldon Smith in 2012.

“We’ve got a lot more important things to do, so I’m just happy I got [the 2022 sack title],” Bosa said after the game. “I think we’re the No. 1 defense. . . . That’s another big one we wanted too, so it’s all good.”

The 49ers allowed 300.6 yards per game this season, barely topping the 301.5 yards per game the Eagles allowed.

Several other defensive players deserve honorable mention for outstanding seasons:

Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons finished with 13.5 sacks for the Cowboys; Garrett, the Browns defensive end, and Reddick, the Eagles outside linebacker, tied for second-most sacks in the league with both getting 16; and Raiders edge rusher Maxx Crosby had 12.5 sacks.

5 responses to “PFT’s NFL 2022 defensive player of the year: Nick Bosa

  1. Reddick is the best player nobody talks about…..
    Bosa very deserving this year though.

  2. Chris Jones has been a dominant player for the CHiefs this year. Deserved consideration.

  3. Bosa is an absolute game wrecker. I went to a 49ers, Browns game at Levi Stadium 2 years ago, and my Browns were down 14-0 before I even had a chance to park my car and get in my seat. Well deserved.

  4. Chris Jones had 15.5 sacks. From defensive interior. Versus a continuous double team. He’s the secret DPOY.

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