It’s been more than nine years, but the Patriots finally have another player of the month.
Defensive end Chandler Jones, with 16 tackles and four sacks, has been named the AFC defensive player of the month. He’s the first Patriots player to secure that honor since safety Eugene Wilson in September 2004.
For the season, the first-round pick in 2012 has 10.5 sacks. Jones joins kicker Stephen Gostkowski as the second player of the month this year. Gostkowski was the AFC’s special-teams player of the month for October.
Jones now has 16.5 sacks in two season. He has a chance to surpass Chris Slade (18.5) and Garin Veris (21) with the most sacks in the first two years for any player in franchise history.