49ers Nick Bosa, Raiders Josh Jacobs win PFWA’s top rookie honors

Nick Bosa’s debut season as a 49ers defensive end and all-around dynamo has won him NFL Rookie of the Year honors from the Pro Football Writers of America.

Bosa also was named the PFWA’s Defensive Rookie of the Year while Raiders leading rusher Josh Jacobs captured the PFWA’s Offensive Rookie of the Year honor.

Both are probable frontrunners for the Associated Press’ Rookie of the Year awards, which will be unveiled at the NFL Honors show in Miami on Feb. 1, the eve of Super Bowl LIV.

SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 11: San Francisco 49ers’ Nick Bosa (97) acknowledges the crowd after getting up slowly after a sack of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) in the fourth quarter at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Drafted No. 2 overall out of Ohio State, Bosa sparked a turnaround in which the 49ers allowed the league’s fewest passing yards and second-fewest overall yards during a 13-3, NFC West-winning regular season.

Bosa had two sacks in his playoff debut Saturday, a 27-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings that advanced the 49ers to this Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium.Related Articles

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Bosa’s nine sacks were the fourth-most in 49ers history, and his 25 quarterback hits led all NFL rookies this season. He also was named to the PFWA’s All-NFC. After missing practice time in the offseason and training camp with hamstring and ankle injuries, Bosa played all 16 regular-season games and started the last 14. He also totaled 47 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, an interception, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: San Francisco 49ers’ Nick Bosa (97) leaves the field following their 34-31 win over the Los Angeles Rams at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Bosa earned more Pro Bowl votes from online fan balloting than any other NFL defender, and he received a Pro Bowl invitation along with 49ers teammates Richard Sherman, Kyle Juszczyk and George Kittle.

Last week, Bosa won the Sporting News’ NFL Rookie of the Year Award. Also honored were Jimmy Garoppolo (Comeback Player of the Year), Kyle Shanahan …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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