Chandler Jones earns rookie award

It's been a good month of September for New England Patriots first-round pick Chandler Jones. The Patriots (2-2) are tied for first place in the AFC East, and Jones is making an immediate impact.

The NFL named Jones the NFL Rookie of the Month on Thursday. Jones recorded 17 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles in four games.

The Patriots needed a pass-rusher and took Jones in the first round. Both Jones and fellow first-round pick Dont'a Hightower have upgraded New England's front seven. Jones and Hightower look like two building blocks on defense in New England for years to come.