January 3, 2014 – 9:38 am
Bills LB Kiko Alonso was the team’s leading tackler and tied for the team lead in interceptions with four. He was also in the mind of ESPN writer Dan Graziano the best defensive rookie in 2013.
In handing out his NFL awards, Graziano named Alonso his Defensive Rookie of the Year. Here’s what he wrote about Buffalo’s linebacker.
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Sure, September was his best month. But just because the interceptions dried up doesn’t mean Alonso wasn’t a high-impact, fly-around-and-make-plays type of linebacker. A critical element to a better-than-you-think-it-was Bills defense, Alonso is a tackling monster in the Kuechly mold, and his athleticism should help him get better as he goes along. Runner-up: Sheldon Richardson. Honorable mentions: Tyrann Mathieu, Star Lotulelei.
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