Eric Berry Named Defensive Rookie Of The Month

Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry has capped off an impressive rookie regular season by being named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Week, the first rookie to win the honor in franchise history.

Berry (6-0, 211) produced 39 tackles (27 solo), eight passes defensed, two INTs with one TD and five special teams tackles in December and January.  He registered his initial NFL score on a 54-yard interception return TD in a 31-14 victory vs. Tennessee (12/26).  The previous week in a 27-14 win vs. St. Louis (12/19), he set career highs with three passes defensed and three special teams tackles.

Berry finished the season with 2.0 sacks (-11.0 yards), tying for second among NFL rookie defensive backs.  He also added 13 passes defensed, a forced fumble and nine special teams tackles.  He was a five-time finalist for NFL Rookie of the Week in 2010, tying Rams QB Sam Bradford and Buccaneers WR Mike Williams for the NFL lead in that department.

After struggling early on as he adjusted to a new scheme, not to mention the speed of the NFL, Berry has steadily improved and finished with a bang.  He had that big interception return against the Titans, but he was also one of the few players to show up for the entire Oakland game, along with Tamba Hali.

For a lot of rookies, you would worry about the lights being a bit too bright this weekend but I don’t have those concerns with Berry.  He has met every challenge this season head on and I fully expect him to do the same against the Ravens.

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