There has been one constant on the Buffalo Bills’ defense this season.

That is rookie middle linebacker Kiko Alonso.

The Bills’ second-round draft pick out of Oregon has taken every one of the team’s 170 defensive snaps through the first two weeks the only player on defense to do so.

Alonso’s effort in Sunday’s 24-23 win over the Carolina Panthers at Ralph Wilson Stadium was a tour de force. He finished with 10 tackles one sack one interception and one pass defensed.

“I came in here just wanting to help the team win” said the soft-spoken 23-year-old from Los Gatos Calif. “The team put me in a position to do that which is great. I’m just trying to make the most of it.”

Alonso’s 19 tackles through the first two games ranks tied for eighth in the NFL prior to Monday night’s game and is the most among the league’s rookies.

“He has the ability to be a three-down player and we saw that early on” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “I think that’s what we’re getting out of him.”

The Bills’ faith in Alonso has been apparent since April when they selected him in the second round of the NFL Draft 46th overall. That’s a round or two higher than most draft projections had Alonso going – not that he paid any attention to those.

“I didn’t think anything of it. I wasn’t hoping for a round. Wherever I went I just knew I was going to go to work every day and try to get better” Alonso said. “I had a sense I was going to get drafted. I wasn’t worried about which round. The first round would have been nice with that money but everyone’s getting the same opportunity to play.”

Alonso has been a starter seemingly from the time the Bills called his name on draft night. After he was selected the team traded last year’s starter in the middle Kelvin Sheppard to Indianapolis for pass rusher Jerry Hughes.