Patriots Defensive Player of the Year: Jabrill Peppers
In a season where the Patriots' defense has been among one of the worst in the NFL, Jabrill Peppers has done his best to bring respect to the secondary.
Peppers is experiencing his best season since his standout 2020 campaign. The seventh-year safety has racked up 54 total tackles and six broken-up passes — the second-most of his career — while forcing two turnovers (one interception, one fumble).
The 28-year-old veteran tends to make quarterbacks regret targeting him. After all, QBs have only completed 14-of-25 passes (56.0%) for 115 yards and a touchdown with a 64.6 passer rating when sending the ball his way.
Not only has Peppers' strong showing led to him being the Patriots' highest-graded defender, but he also ranks eighth among 87 safeties with an overall grade of 84.2
Considering how he has strong grades against the run (93.0) and in pass coverage (73.0), it's safe to say that Peppers is more than deserving of midseason DPOY honors.