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Kiko Alonso making early case for defensive rookie of the year

October 1, 2013 - 1:49 PM

By Tim Graham

When the Buffalo Bills drafted Kiko Alonso in April, it wasn’t for his interview skills.

Alonso is a man of few words, as national media outlets have learned the past few days.

But he’s a man of big plays so far in his young NFL career.

Alonso leads the Bills with four interceptions, including two mammoth ones in Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Alonso became the first rookie linebacker to have at least one interception in three straight games since Al Richardson did it for the Atlanta Falcons in 1980.

Alonso leads the Bills with 32 tackles. He has one sack, a forced fumble and a recovery.

He’ll be a legitimate candidate for NFL defensive rookie of the year if he can stay healthy.

In two years as a starter for Buffalo, linebacker Kelvin Sheppard had two sacks, zero interceptions, two passes defensed, zero forced fumbles and one recovery.

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