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Panthers safety Jeremy Chinn named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month

Chinn is the fourth Panther to win rookie of the month.

Panthers safety Jeremy Chinn has been named the NFL’s Rookie of the Month for October after four impressive games where he led all rookies in tackles (30) and was second in passes defensed (4). Chinn leads all rookies in total tackles (56) and is tied for 13th overall in the league entering Week 8 of the season.

Chinn becomes the fourth Panthers rookie to win Rookie of the Month honors, following Brian Burns, Luke Kuechly and Julius Peppers. (That’s pretty good company to be in if you ask me.)

Last week, Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson had some kind words to say about Chinn:

“He’s a guy that pops off the film,” Jackson said. “I don’t think you have to ask a guy who’s in the locker room with him to see that, I’m sure you can see that. I’m sure that people who don’t even play football want to play football at the level that Jeremy Chinn plays with. That’s not even talking about the large amount of talent he possesses. It’s just his motor, man, his energy.

“It makes you want to go harder. You see that on film, you see that guy run past you, it kind of makes you think about it, like, ‘Damn, am I really going that hard?’ So he definitely brings out the best in a lot of the guys on defense, and a lot of guys look to see how 21’s going.”

Chinn also shared his thoughts on being considered the ‘tone-setter’ of the defense:

“I have a very high standard for how I play on the field, how I’m moving around. The fact that guys see that, too, and they try to match the energy, it’s definitely encouraging.”

At this time I’d like to give a friendly reminder that the Panthers opted against drafting Isaiah Simmons with the No. 7 overall pick in the draft and instead selected defensive tackle Derrick Brown, and then traded a third round pick (No. 69 overall) and fifth round pick (No. 148 overall) to move up to No. 64 overall and select Chinn. That decision seems to be working out pretty well for them so far in 2020.

What do you think about Chinn winning Rookie of the Month, Panthers fans? Share your praise for him in the comments!