The Pro Football Writers of America released their All-Rookie team on Tuesday morning. Two San Francisco 49ers made the team. Edge rusher Nick Bosa was named the Rookie of the Year. Not just defensive Rookie, but overall Rookie of the Year. Bosa was also voted Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Deebo Samuel didn’t make it at wide receiver, as Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown and Washington receiver Terry McLaurin made the team over Samuel. Deebo had a strong rookie year, but the other two had more receiving yards, and that’s usually how voters go about these things, raw stats. I don’t fault them.
Bosa is the first defensive player to win the Pro Football Writers of America award since 2013. He’s the fifth 49ers player to win NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. I’ll give you five seconds to guess the other four players. Okay, they were CB Bruce Taylor in 1970, DT Dana Stubblefield in 1993, linebacker Patrick Willis in 2007, and edge rusher Aldon Smith in 2011. Bosa was a terror to start the season with seven sacks in his first seven games. The sack number dropped, but his play never did. We saw what Bosa is capable of when the Niners defense was healthy last weekend. When you can’t double him, he ruins your gameplan.
The other Rookie to make the team was Dre Greenlaw, who has flown under the radar despite playing well, so it’s nice that the fifth-rounder gets some recognition. Since Week 10, no linebacker had more solo tackles than Greenlaw, who finished with 59 tackles during that stretch. Twenty-three of those were stops, which was 12th among linebackers. His speed has always been there, but Greenlaw is starting to learn the game, and that’s allowed him to make so many plays.
In other news, the 49ers say that they’ve officially sold out the NFC title game. They also say that they’re on pace to set a new attendance record for a 49ers home game in any stadium. Last week’s crowd of 71,649 is currently the record.