Devon Kennard wins NFC defensive player of the week

Devon Kennard wins NFC defensive player of the week
The New York Giants' Devon Kennard sacks Tennessee's Zach Mettenberger in Nashville on Dec. 7. (Wesley Hitt / Getty Images)

Former USC outside linebacker Devon Kennard has been named the NFC defensive player of the week, the NFL announced.

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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