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Sherman: Bosa should be in consideration for the Defensive player of the Year

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A recap of quotes from all the 49ers talking about the team’s first-round pick

Carolina Panthers v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Every player that’s nominated for an award has a statement game. For San Francisco 49ers rookie Nick Bosa, a three-sack performance with an interception is the definition of a statement game. There were a handful of other plays where Bosa made an impact, as well. Saying his stat line feels like it’s selling what Bosa did against the Panthers short.

The Niners players shared their thoughts on the team leader in sacks.\

George Kittle said laughingly about Bosa’s performance, “It could be a little bit better, I guess.”

Julian Taylor called Bosa, “a real-life alien super Saiyan.”

Richard Sherman spoke glowingly of Bosa:

“He’s an incredibly poised player,” Sherman said. “He’s everything you could ask for. He’s probably one of the best picks in teen years with just how he’s played, and he’s played like this since Day One. If it weren’t for the ankle injury, everyone would have seen early on in the preseason. But when he didn’t play in the preseason, everyone was like, ‘Oh, my God, he’s the No. 2 pick, and he hasn’t played.’ But if you came in here if you watched him from Day One like we got to, he plays like a 10-year vet, he plays with such savvy, poise, aggression, that it’s like he’s been playing on this level. You can tell he’s been coached up great from an early age; his family has great pedigree. But he’s an incredible talent, and he’s so humble.”

Sherman finished by saying, “he deserves Player of the Week, or Rookie of the Week, or Rookie of the Year, or everything. If he just kept the stat line as it is right now, he could win Rookie of the Year. Right now, he should be in line for Defensive MVP.”

Bosa’s running mate, Dee Ford, chimed in as well:

“There’s nothing that he can’t do right now. He has a counter move. He has a power move. I actually have to work on my power when I came into the league. He has that. He has the edge. He can beat you inside. He’s a three-way rusher, and that’s what makes you elite. And if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll go down as one of the best.”

Kwon Alexander thinks Bosa was born like that, and that’s why he’s ha so much success.

Arik Armstead, who had an afternoon himself, had this to say:

“Nick’s been ballin’. He’s an awesome player. We knew he was super-talented when he got here, but it’s all falling into place for him. Now he has to keep working hard and keep stacking them.”

We are running out of superlatives to describe Bosa, and he’s seven games into his career. Yeah, he’s special.