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Connor Barwin named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November

Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin is receiving some accolades for his strong performance this season.

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Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Connor Barwin has been named NFC Defensive Player of the Month. This marks the second time in Barwin's six-year career that he has received this award. Barwin is the first Eagles player to win this honor since safety Brian Dawkins won the award in December 2009.

Barwin finished the month of November with 6.5 sacks, 24 tackles, two batted passes, and one forced fumble. The 28-year old linebacker ranks tied for second in the NFL with 12.5 sacks on the season. That sack figure marks a career high for him. There is little doubt that Barwin deserves Pro Bowl (and more importantly, All-Pro) honors.

Barwin is a key part of an Eagles defense that has been much improved in 2014. His versatility is very valuable. Not only can Barwin rush the passer but he can also set the edge against the run as well as drop back into pass coverage.

It would be remiss not to mention that part of Barwin's sack total has been helped by the great play of Philadelphia's defensive line. The Eagles have done a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage in order to open up space for Barwin to get to the quarterback.

It should be noted that Barwin has been a tremendous free agent signing for Philadelphia. Barwin has made an impact both on and off the field since joining the Eagles in the 2013 offseason. Not only is he playing well but he also gives back to the community.

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