Kennard, a fifth-round pick by the New York Giants, is the first rookie from the organization to win the award.
Kennard had two sacks and forced a fumble in a 36-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans last Sunday.
“I am so grateful for what God is doing through me right now. #GMEN,” Kennard wrote on his Instagram, with a photo announcing the award.
Kennard was sidelined the first three games of this season because of a hamstring injury. He has started three of the last four and made eight tackles for losses, including four sacks.
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