FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month today by the National Football League for his performance in helping the Patriots finish with a 4-0 record through the month of September.
McCourty has intercepted a pass in all four games of the 2019 season, tying a team record for most consecutive games with at least one interception. Mike Haynes set the original mark with a pick in four straight games in 1976. McCourty is the first player in the NFL to record an interception in each of his team's first four games of the season since Minnesota's Brian Russell in 2003 and the first Patriots player ever to achieve the feat.
It is the first Defensive Player of the Month Award for McCourty and the first time a Patriots player has been named Defensive Player of the Month since Chandler Jones earned the honor for the month of November in 2013. It is the second time that McCourty has been honored by the NFL. He was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 7 of the 2012 season when he returned a kickoff 104 yards for a touchdown vs. the New York Jets.
The Patriots have now earned three NFL honors so far in 2019. In addition to McCourty, LB Kyle Van Noy was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week (Week 4) and P Jake Bailey was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 3.