The Carolina Panthers continue to have standouts on the defensive side of the ball as defensive tackle Kawann Short won NFC Defensive Player of the Month on Thursday. This is the second time the Panthers have had a player win the award after Josh Norman won it for the month of September.
Both players have also been awarded the honor of NFC Defensive Player of the Week this season with Short winning it last week for his game against the Seattle Seahawks.
NFL's Director of Communications Randall Liu tweeted shortly after the announcement that Short is the first defensive tackle to win the award in Panthers' history.
Short is well deserving of the award as he has been as close to unblockable over the past few games as they come. Over the past two games, he has 14 tackles, two passes defended, five sacks and a forced fumble. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the best defensive tackle in the NFL with a rating of 25.5.
Short was the Panthers' second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and was the second of two defensive tackles taken in the first two rounds of that draft with Star Lotulelei being the Panthers' first round pick. While Lotulelei has struggled a bit since his rookie year, due in large part to injuries, Short has continued to develop and playing incredible football.
Short and the Carolina Panthers hope to continue their wining ways on Monday night as they take on the Indianapolis Colts.