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Brian Burns wins two Rookie of the Month awards


CHARLOTTE -- On Wednesday, Panthers edge rusher Brian Burns was named the Pro Football Focus Defensive Rookie of the Month for September.

On Thursday, an honor from the NFL rolled in. Burns was named NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month.

Carolina's first-round draft pick out of Florida State, Burns has tallied 11 tackles and his official NFL stat line shows 2.5 sacks and nine QB pressures, the most among first-year players. He also has blocked two punts.

PFF gave Burns a grade of 78.4 through four weeks, first among the 33 rookies with at least 100 defensive snaps. He ranks second among qualifying first-year players in pass-rush win percentage (17.8%), pass-rush grade (72.4) and pressure percentage (15.8%) according to the PFF statistical models.