Rejuvenated Nick Bosa named Defensive Player of the Week after dominating Jaguars

Nick Bosa is back to being his game-changing self again.
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa (97) / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages

For those who think Nick Bosa is having a down season, his efforts against the Jaguars suggest otherwise.

Early this season, there were some slight signs that San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa wasn't quite having the All-Pro kind of year one might expect.

Especially after winning the Defensive Player of the Year award after tallying a leage-high 18.5 sacks the year prior.

Bosa, of course, skipped training camp and the preseason while holding out for his now record-high contract for a defensive player, and even he admitted it took a few weeks to get back into "football shape."

Those who feel sacks are the ultimate indicator of a pass-rusher's success may agree that Bosa is having a down year.

After all, he has just 4.5 sacks on the season at the halfway point of 2023.

However, in light of the Niners' blockbuster pickup of Bosa's former teammate from Ohio State at the NFL trade deadline, edge Chase Young, the pass-rushing tandem was a true terror in Week 10 on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

And Bosa appears to be back in full.

Nick Bosa named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 10

Bosa had himself a day against the Jags last Sunday. Not only did he team up with Young to sack quarterback Trevor Lawrence, but on that particular play, Bosa forced a fumble that he recovered.

The All-Pro finished the game with 1.5 sacks, the forced fumble and recovery, and he also had a pass broken up, too.

Those efforts resulted in Bosa being named last week's NFC Defensive Player of the Week by the league along with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb on offense and Seattle Seahawks kicker Jason Myers on special teams:

Despite the stats prior to Week 10, Bosa had been making a massive difference in ways that don't always show up on the box score.

With Young present now, Bosa's prowess is likely to be even more potent as teams will have to decide whether or not he or Young is the bigger threat.

Either way, it's a well-deserved honor.

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