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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After an impressive showing in October, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton has been named Defensive Rookie of the Month by the NFL.

Despite a struggling defense, Bolton has been a bright spot as his speed and athleticism has helped the team’s run defense as his snap count increases.

Bolton recorded 43 tackles in the month and seven tackles for loss. Four of his tackles for loss came against the Tennessee Titans and running back Derrick Henry.

The former Missouri Tiger becomes the third Kansas City Chiefs defensive rookie to earn the honor, joining Eric Berry (2010) and Marcus Peters (2015).

“This time last year, when I was a rookie, I couldn’t even do half of what he is doing,” fellow Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay Jr. said. “I love playing with him and love watching him play. He is smart. He can get us lined up and get everyone lined up. We help each other out as linebackers.”

Bolton was selected by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.