The NFL today announced that Indianapolis Colts outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 17. This marks the first time he has earned the award in his career.
Newsome made his first career start at RUSH linebacker in the Colts’ 27-10 victory over the Titans last week and recorded a career-high eight tackles (seven solo), tied a personal-best with 2.0 sacks and added a forced fumble. It was his third multiple-sack game of the season, which was the most among NFL rookies in 2014 and tied the record for the most such games by a rookie in team history.
Newsome finished the season with 34 tackles (26 solo), a team-leading 6.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. His sack total ranked third in franchise history among rookies and was the second-highest mark among NFL rookies in 2014. Newsome became the first rookie to lead the Colts in sacks since Dwight Freeney in 2002.
Newsome is the fourth Colts player to earn AFC Player of the Week honors in 2014, joining QB-Andrew Luck (Week 3), P-Pat McAfee (Week 6) and ILB-D’Qwell Jackson (Week 13). He is the first Colts rookie on defense to earn the award since Freeney in 2002.
2014 COLTS AFC PLAYER OF THE WEEK RECIPIENTS
Week 3: QB-Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Week
Week 6: P-Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
Week 13: ILB-D’Qwell Jackson – AFC Defensive Player of the Week
Week 17: OLB-Jonathan Newsome – AFC Defensive Player of the Week
2014 COLTS AFC PLAYER OF THE MONTH RECIPIENTS
September: P-Pat McAfee – AFC Special Teams Player of the Month
November: QB-Andrew Luck – AFC Offensive Player of the Month
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