Thursday, December 1, 2011
Von Miller, Janikowski honored
By Bill Williamson
The NFL has honored Denver linebacker Von Miller as its defensive rookie of the month for November.
Miller tied for the team lead with 31 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two passes defensed as the Broncos went 4-0 during the month and became a playoff contender. Miller, the No. 2 overall draft pick in April, became a dominant player this month as Denver’s defense improved dramatically. Miller was drafted to help a defense that was No. 32 in the NFL last year. It is currently ranked No. 16 in the NFL.
This likely won’t be Miller’s last rookie honor. He is considered a leading contender to win the NFL defensive of rookie of the year award.
Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski was named the AFC special teams player of the month. That’s pretty good for a guy who was hampered by a hamstring for much of the month. Janikowski was 10-of-11 on field goals in November, including kicking six field goals in a five-point win over Chicago on Sunday. Well earned, Seabass.
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