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Byron Murphy Turns Two Picks Into NFC Defensive Player Of The Week

Cornerback makes Cardinals three-for-three for award in young season

CB Byron Murphy does a network interview after the Cardinals beat the Jaguars in Jacksonville in 2021

Marco Wilson, Cardinals rookie cornerback, was asked to evaluate the game teammate Byron Murphy Jr. had Sunday in Jacksonville.

"Byron went crazy," fellow cornerback Marco Wilson said. "I'm sure everyone knows that."

Everyone included the decision-makers at the NFL's New York offices, who named Murphy the NFC Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday morning -- meaning the 3-0 Cardinals have now captured a player of the week award after each game this season.

Murphy had two interceptions against the Jaguars, the first coming in the red zone to short-circuit a certain scoring drive for Jacksonville, the second a 29-yard return for a touchdown that gave the Cardinals a lead they never relinquished in a 31-19 win.

Murphy also had four tackles and two passes defensed in the game.

Murphy only had one interception in his first two NFL seasons combined. The last time he had two interceptions in a game was against Utah for Washington in the 2018 Pac-12 Championship game.

After linebacker Chandler Jones won the DPOW in Week One, quarterback Kyler Murray won the offensive version last week. Murphy is the first Cardinals cornerback to win the DPOW since Patrick Peterson earned it in Week 15 of the 2019 season.