“It’s hard to get sacks in this league. To be able to get to double digits, to get to 10 sacks is a feat. Being able to get to 19 is way out there. I just feel blessed, honored and just thankful for it,” he said, admitting that he it would mean a lot if he were to earn NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors.
“It’s all well and good. That has to just transform into postseason success. So whatever, got to play within the framework of the defense. They look at me to get after the quarterback and I was able to do that a few times this year, so it just has to continue in the postseason. [Winning Defensive Player of the Year] would mean a lot. It’s definitely something coming in as a rookie that you couldn’t foresee, just trying to make the team. But hard work pays off and I got a lot of teammates that I was able to lean on this year and they were able to help get to this spot right now.”