Arizona Cardinals’ Bucannon NFC Defensive POW
By Erich Becker
Adding another notch to an already full belt, dollar LB wins Defensive Player of the Week in the NFC
A day after seven Arizona Cardinals were named to the Pro Bowl, the news comes that another defensive player earned honors this season as $LB (Dollar Linebacker) Deone Bucannon was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week.
Bucannon had 11 tackles, a team high, in the Arizona Cardinals 40-17 win over the Eagles on Sunday Night Football and his first career interception which he returned to the house for his first career pick-six. Bucannon has had a wonderful season transitioning from safety to linebacker and being a permanent replacement for the player the Cardinals lost in Daryl Washington.
Many could argue that Bucannon, another Steve Keim draft hit, is a better all around player, with the ability to sack, play coverage and disrupt all over the field. With Tyrann Mathieu out for the season, the linebackers and secondary are going to need to replace that energy and passion on the field. Not to mention the playmaking.
Per Kyle Odegard at AZCardinals.com
"Bucannon leads the Cardinals with 111 tackles and has added 17 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two sacks and now the interception.He is the fifth Cardinal to win a Player of the Week award in 2015, following Mathieu (defense in Week 3 against the 49ers), wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (offense in Week 2 against the Bears), running back David Johnson (special teams against the Bears) and kicker Chandler Catanzaro (special teams in Week 14 against the Vikings)."
That’s impressive stuff.