Congratulations are in order for linebacker Fred Warner. In back-to-back months, a member of the San Francisco 49ers has been named NFC Defensive Players of the Month. In October, the honor went to rookie pass rusher Nick Bosa. This time, the recognition belongs to Warner for his standout month of November.
From Weeks 10-13, Warner has tallied 44 total tackles, three sacks, four tackles for loss, three quarterback hits and two game changing forced fumbles. According to Pro Football Focus, Warner has earned a 91.6 overall grade over the 49ers last two contests, the highest of any linebacker in the NFL. He's also tallied 14 run stops during that time frame. Last week against the Baltimore Ravens, Warner was also key in two big third and fourth down pass breakups.
"That's what you expect out of a guy in his second year, especially with how much he played his first year," head coach Kyle Shanahan said of Warner in Week 13. "Fred has exceeded expectations, I think, with everyone his first year. Then he was just even more hungry, came back like a 10-year vet and came back better mentally, better physically and I think it's shown to everyone in every game."
Through 12 contests, Warner is the only linebacker in the NFL with 90 tackles (team high), three sacks, three forced fumbles (team high) and six passes defended.
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