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New England Patriots

Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots runs the ball after intercepting it in the third quarter in against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

The Patriots defense had a dominant September and propelled the Patriots to a 4-0 start. And they’ve been recognized for it through the productive play of longtime cornerstone Devin McCourty.

After grabbing four interceptions in as many games, McCourty has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Month for September. McCourty’s four picks lead the NFL, while teammate Jamie Collins is second with three. Nobody else in the league has more than two.

McCourty has also made five pass breakups (tied for second in the NFL in that category) and 13 tackles to start the season. He’s already more than halfway toward setting a new career-high in interceptions. He picked off seven passes as a rookie back in 2010.

The 32-year-old has long been a steady presence on the back end for the Patriots defense, and now he’s reaping the rewards of the 2019 unit wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks. He’s shown a knack of being in the right spot at the right time and has been perhaps the No. 1 reason that the Pats have been so good over the years at limiting big plays by the opposition.

As long as McCourty’s out there, he should continue to clean up on errant throws. And the Patriots defense should continue to keep opponents off the scoreboard.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at