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Dolphins’ Jerome Baker named AFC’s Best Defender; Nick Needham still has a peak-six and Thursday news

Dolphins' Jerome Baker named AFC's Best Defender; Nick Needham still has a peak-six and Thursday news

Miami Dolphins midfielder Jerome Baker was named AFC Defender of the Month for December, the NFL reported Thursday morning.

In Miami’s three-game stretch in a month, Baker had 16 tackles, six for a loss and 3½ sacks, while the team played 3-0 on their seven-game winning streak against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

“I’ve been to the meetings. I just sat there and my phone kept buzzing and buzzing and buzzing, ”Baker said about how he found out Thursday morning. “I think the duke [Riley] retyped it and I clicked the notification. That’s when I found out. I was definitely happy. ”

Baker is the first Dolphin to win a Player of the Month award since Cameron Wake’s defensive ending in October 2012. The Dolphins player was selected to receive the award 13 times, and the most among the AFC teams they had equal scores and bosses.

Baker played a key role in the Dolphins’ defense, allowing them to cut 214 yards per game in December. Mainly playing as a midfielder, in some games he was also replaced by an outside midfielder, which gave Miami the versatility in defense.

Baker has 79 tackles, 8 lose, 4½ sacks, interception, fumble, and 14 quarterback hits this season.

Other AFC players of the month included “Chief” quarterback Patrick Mahomes on attack and Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson on special teams. In the NFC, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Aaron Donald and Atlanta Falcons player Thomas Morsted have won monthly awards. NFL Rookies of the Month were Detroit Lions receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and Dallas Cowboys midfielder Mika Parsons.

Baker is also a Dolphins nominee for Walter Payton’s NFL Person of the Year, which honors players for their work in the community.

The NFL also announced Thursday that Dolphins quarterback Jason McCurty has become one of eight league finalists for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.

The award is presented each year to the NFL player who best demonstrates athletic qualities on the field, including fair play, respect for the game and opponents, and fairness in competition, according to the league’s report.

McCurty had 21 tackles and two deflections in seven games this season before a leg injury cost him the rest of the season.

Pick-six Needham balls

When Dolphins defender Nick Needham intercepted Ian Buk’s pass and got him 28 yards back for a touchdown in Monday’s third game in New Orleans, he kicked the ball down the Superdome’s rafters in celebration.

Needham could have easily lost the ball in his first pick of his career, which he said was the first time he had managed to reclaim a touchdown interception at any level.

But don’t worry. The ball was actually taken away by teammate McHollins, who shot on goal. Needham said Thursday that Hollins caught the ball on its way down and returned it to its rightful owner.

“I definitely have to save this,” Needham said. “I gave my first choice to my mom and the second to my dad, so I’ll keep this one for myself.”

Needham said he was filled with family and friends who contacted him after the show, including people he hadn’t heard of from the start in high school.

Thursday update

Tennessee Titans receiver AJ Brown missed training Thursday with a shin injury, according to the team’s injury report.

NFL Network reported that sitting with him on Thursday was a precaution, and that he remains on his way to play against the Dolphins on Sunday.

The Titans also had attacking lineman Corey Levin, who missed a second training session in a row due to illness. Outside midfielder Harold Landry (hamstring) was promoted to full member on Thursday after being restricted on Wednesday. Corner Jackrabbit Jenkins (ankle) and striker Aaron Brewer (toe) remained tight on Thursday.

The Dolphins weren’t surprised to be absent from Thursday’s media viewing rehearsals. None of the six active players still on the reserve / COVID-19 roster – defender Brandon Jones, wide receivers Albert Wilson and Preston Williams, line backs Adam Butler and John Jenkins, and defender Solomon Kindley – have been spotted in training. …

The Miami injury record remained unchanged: Phillip Lindsay (ankle), tight end Adam Shaheen (knee) and right tackle Jesse Davis (knee) are all remaining full entrants.

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