Travis Benjamin named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week
The Los Angeles Chargers have won their last three games after starting the season 0-4. As the team is rewarding itself for its hard work by stacking up three wins, there are those around the NFL who are noticing what they’re up to and rewarding them with awards for their hard work. Chargers’ wide receiver and punt returner Travis Benjamin has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, according to the team’s official Twitter account.
Benjamin scored two touchdowns in the team’s 21-0 win over the Broncos, with one of his scores coming on an electric 65-yard punt return for a touchdown — his other touchdown was a 42-yard reception via quarterback Philip Rivers.
He was just named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. pic.twitter.com/7uJah7wFTT
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) October 25, 2017
The punt return score for No. 12 marked the first time since he signed with the Chargers that he found the end zone on special teams.
As I mentioned in an article on Travis Benjamin the Tuesday on wblzmedia.com, one of the best parts of his performance on Sunday as a punt returner is the fact that Benjamin was replaced as the starting punt returner last year due to his struggles and poor performance. The former Cleveland Brown made sub-par decisions on fielding punts, fumbled/muffed some punts in practice and games and was then stripped of his punt-return duties.
One of the main reasons general manager Tom Telesco pursued the player nicknamed “Rabbit” by his family, friends and teammates was the Chargers desperately needed to add a home-run threat to the punt and kick return portions of the special teams units. Though Benjamin would not be used as a kick returner, the 27-year-old veteran was coveted by Telesco during 2015 free agency as a receiver and punt returner. The GM would pull the trigger, signing Travis Benjamin to a four-year deal.
Benjamin’s next opportunity to add to his trophy case and career stat box comes via a road game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. In a game that may prove to be the most difficult of the Chargers’ 2017 schedule, a spark from Travis Benjamin and the special teams units would surely be welcomed.