Jonathan Newsome named AFC defensive player of the week

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The Colts have been looking for pass-rush help this year with Robert Mathis gone, and they found it in Week 17.

Rookie outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome was named AFC defensive player of the week after notching a pair of sacks agains the Titans.

It was Newsome’s first career start (for an injured Broern Werner), and he made it a good one. He had eight tackles and forced a fumble as well.

The fifth-round pick from Ball State led the team with 6.5 sacks this year, second-most among rookies.

12 responses to “Jonathan Newsome named AFC defensive player of the week

  1. justin houston had four sacks to newsome’s two, also had a forced fumble, and added a pass defensed. it’s bad enough he will be snubbed for DPOY, but not giving this award to him is just bizarre.

  2. That should have been ALL Justin Houston for this past week. Newsome played quite well, is an up and comer that shows a LOT of promise — but Houston deserved this one.

    It shows how ridiculous the voting is for these awards, and thereby demeans the meaning of the awards themselves.

  3. shayeezy says:
    Dec 31, 2014 10:51 AM
    justin houston had four sacks to newsome’s two, also had a forced fumble, and added a pass defensed. it’s bad enough he will be snubbed for DPOY, but not giving this award to him is just bizarre.

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    I wasn’t even going to bring up the fact that JJ Watt had three sacks, a forced fumble, a safety, and became the first player in NFL history with two 20+ sack seasons in a career (and at age 25). Then you suggested Houston’s eventual second place finish for DPOY would be a “snub” and I almost fell out of my chair. Houston is a pass rushing 3-4 OLB who had the second best defensive season in the NFL. Watt had over 20 sacks as a DL IN A ONE GAP 3-4!!! And that’s not even factoring the passes defenses, forced fumbles, QB hurries, tackles for loss, interception for a td, red zone tds, being held on virtually play. But it’s nice to know the bias is alive and well in Kansas City.

  4. This Colts fan feels forced to agree with the Justin Houston/JJ Watt comments above (More Watt, less Houston). Newsome is great news for the Colts and a very pleasant surprise, but DPOW, really?

    Now back to Newsome… other awards he qualifies for: Best Rookie Named Jonathan (or similar) on the Colts. Most Team Sacks. 2nd Most Rookie Sacks in NFL this year (like Freeney and Peppers 11 years ago?) One Start Wonder (a little like Freeney as well, who had about 11 sacks in 8 starts: The only man who could stop Freeney his rookie year was Dungy.)

    At his age, I don’t see Mathis returning to 12+ sacks any more, but penetration and pressure can be just as valuable from a savvy vet (forcing dumpoffs, bad passes, or chasing the QB to teammates). Walden had a decent year this year, Werner less so, but going forward, the Colts might have a competent pass rush rotation requiring fewer risky blitzes from Manusky to get to opposing QBs. With one less man rushing, they’d have an extra body playing the middle of the field, where TEs have gashed them this year. That’s why Newsome gives me hope.

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