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Miami Dolphins LB Melvin Ingram Wins AFC September Award

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Talk about making a quick impression.

Veteran linebacker Melvin Ingram, who joined the Miami Dolphins in the offseason, was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September on Thursday.

In his first three games with the Dolphins after years with the Chargers and time-sharing last season with Pittsburgh and Kansas City, Ingram has come up with big play after big play to help Miami start 3-0 this season.

Ingram is the only NFL player to record a sack and score a defensive touchdown so far this season. He returned a fumble for 2 yards in the Week 1 win over New England.

In three games, Ingram had seven tackles (six solo), two sacks, one pass defended, two quarterback hits, three tackles for loss, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. He’s also the only NFL player to have multiple sacks and multiple fumble recoveries so far this season.

In the 21-19 Week 3 win over Buffalo, he helped clinch the win by tackling wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie inbounds, after first putting pressure on quarterback Josh Allen, letting time expire before the Bills had a chance to try to settle. for a winning field goal.

“You can’t say anything bad about Melvin Ingram to me,” teammate Christian Wilkins said after the game. “After seeing what he did in the last play, he has the ultimate respect. An 11-year-old pro beating a rusher, missing a sack, then making a play 10, 15, 20 yards down the field, c It’s just a dawg mentality. It’s leadership. It’s the will. It’s the will.”

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DOLPHINS AND PLAYERS OF THE MONTH

Ingram being honored marks the second straight time the Dolphins have the AFC Defensive Player of the Month, as Jerome Baker was the final recipient of the 2021 season.

The last time the Dolphins had back-to-back recipients of the AFC Defensive Player of the Month was in 2002 when Jason Taylor won it for October and November.

The Dolphins’ last AFC Special Teams Player of the Month was Jason Sanders when he also won back-to-back awards in October and November 2020.

The last time a Dolphins player was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month was in 1993, when quarterback Scott Mitchell was recognized for his play in October 1993 after replacing injured starter Dan Marina.

Tua Tagovailoa certainly would have had a legitimate case to win the award this month, but the AFC Offensive Player of the Month was Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.