Erik Coleman named rookie of the month

Starting at safety, New York's Coleman (No. 143 overall) has helped the Jets to a 2-0 start by being involved in three of the club's six takeaways with an interception in each of his first two games along with a Week 2 fumble recovery.<p>

Thanks in part to Coleman, the Jets lead the AFC with a plus-five turnover differential. The fifth-round draft pick from Washington State is the first player in team history to register three takeaways in the first two games of a season. Coleman also has posted seven tackles and a forced fumble in addition to another pass defensed.

The 5-10, 200-pounder's first career interception sealed a seven-point Kickoff Weekend victory over Cincinnati with 1:52 remaining in regulation. His next one ended the Chargers' second possession in Week 2 and led to a New York touchdown. Coleman was one of the surprises of training camp compiling 11 tackles, 1.0 sack and a forced fumble in preseason games.

Coleman is the first Jets player to earn a Rookie of the Month Award since the honor's inception in 1996.


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