Nick Bosa, Chris Jones, Micah Parsons finalists for AP defensive player of the year

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There is a clear frontrunner for AP defensive player of the year. But there are still two other contenders who have been named as finalists for the award.

San Francisco’s Nick Bosa, Kansas City’s Chris Jones, and Dallas’ Micah Parsons are the three finalists, the AP announced on Wednesday.

With a league-leading 18.5 sacks on what was the league’s best defense in 2022, it’s likely Bosa’s award to lose. The fourth-year edge rusher also put up 48 quarterback hits, 19 tackles for loss, a pair of forced fumbles, and a pass breakup. Plus, he did it in 16 rather than 17 games, missing one due to injury.

Jones made his case as the league’s best interior lineman in 2022, recording 15.5 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, 29 quarterback hits, four passes defensed, and a pair of forced fumbles.

After winning AP defensive rookie of the year in 2021 — and finishing second among AP defensive player of the year voting — Parsons had a strong second season. Playing all around Dallas’ defense, he finished with 65 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 27 quarterback hits, 13.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and three passes defensed.

The AP defensive player of the year will be announced during NFL Honors on Feb. 9.

10 responses to “Nick Bosa, Chris Jones, Micah Parsons finalists for AP defensive player of the year

  1. zerochill215 says:
    January 25, 2023 at 10:01 am
    Why is Hasaan Reddick not in the conversation??????
    I think Reddick has at least 16 reasons why he should be…

  2. Parsons wasnt as good as last year and Crosby played well also for an underachieving defense.

  3. All I know is that ever since Bosa has been in the 49ers starting lineup we have contended for championships, and this was his best season yet. He was a stones throw away from the sack record. He is your defensive player of the year.

  4. Why is Hasaan Reddick not in the conversation?????? – cause 3/4 his sacks were coverage sacks.

  5. Bosa is incredible, his get off is scary. He never seems to tire out either. Parsons is incredible too. Jones also has had a great year and so has Reddick. Crosby on a band team has been dominant. I have to say Bosa though.

  6. Little Princess Mink Parson is great for running all over the field. The problem is he rarely takes a game over. He’d be wise to concentrate on actually producing results than looking like he’s busy.

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