Last week, Matt Prater won NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for playing double duty as the team’s kicker and punter, after Kasey Redfern was injured early in the game (Prater also nailed a 58-yard field goal). This week the award is staying in Detroit.
Detroit Lions rookie fifth-round pick Jamal Agnew was awarded the honors this week for his game-sealing 88-yard punt return.
Just in case you didn’t see it, or want to watch it for the 100th time, here it is:
.@Lions rookie @jamalagnew...— NFL (@NFL) September 19, 2017
HE GONE! #NextGenStats pic.twitter.com/Qf5rmhIsrk
And here is Giants punter Brad Wing somehow not tearing every ligament in his leg:
Giants punter just got blown into a million pieces pic.twitter.com/9CcVfcwaCh— Kyle M. (@KyleWIIM) September 19, 2017
According to the Detroit Lions, Agnew is the first rookie punt returner to take one to the house since Eddie Drummond back in 2002. Agnew is also the first Lions rookie returner to win this honor since Ameer Abdullah returned a kickoff for 104 yards at Lambeau Field back in 2015.
Special teams has notably been one of general manager Bob Quinn’s biggest focuses, and through two weeks, it has certainly paid off.