FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for October today by the National Football League for his performance in helping the Patriots finish with a 4-0 record through the month of October.
Gilmore had 11 tackles, seven passes defensed and two interceptions and helped the Patriots defense hold their opponents to just three touchdowns during the entire month. He had a career-high five passes defensed and one interception in the 35-14 win over the New York Giants on Oct. 10.
This marks the second straight month that a Patriots player has earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month. Devin McCourty earned the award for September.
The Patriots have now earned four NFL honors so far in 2019. In addition to Gilmore and McCourty, LB Kyle Van Noy was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 4 and rookie P Jake Bailey was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week following Week 3.