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Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker named AFC Defensive Player of the Month

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Miami Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for December, the NFL announced on Thursday morning.

In Miami’s three-game stretch in the month, Baker had 16 tackles, six for loss, and 3 ½ sacks while the team went 3-0 as part of its seven-game winning streak it enters Sunday’s matchup against the Tennessee Titans with.

Baker is the first Dolphin to win a Player of the Month award since defensive end Cameron Wake in October of 2012. A Dolphins player has been selected for the award 13 times, tied with the Bills and Chiefs for most among AFC teams.

Baker has been a key to the Dolphins defense allowing the fewest yards per game (214) in December. Mostly playing inside linebacker, he has also rotated to outside linebacker in certain matchups, giving Miami versatility in its defensive front.

On the season, Baker has 79 tackles, 8 for loss, 4 ½ sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and 14 quarterback hits.

Other AFC Players of the Month were Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes on offense and Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson on special teams. In the NFC, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald and Atlanta Falcons punter Thomas Morstead won monthly awards. The NFL’s Rookies of the Month were Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons.

Baker is also the Dolphins’ candidate for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, which honors players for their work in the community.

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