49ers midseason awards: Defensive runner up – NaVorro Bowman

The 49ers are halfway through their season. Today, I’ll give midseason awards for the best offensive and defensive players.

Best defensive player: Runner up – LB NaVorro Bowman

Bowman is the best run-defending inside linebacker in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus. He’s also one of the best at covering tight ends and running backs in the passing game.

Bowman was the front-runner to win the midseason best defensive player until the Cardinals game on Monday night when he recorded just one tackle and he allowed three receptions while playing man coverage.

That was his only bad game of the season. Expect him to rebound after the Bye week and make a serious push to become the 49ers defensive player of the year.

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