Punters are often underappreciated in the NFL. Many times they are associated with a team failing to move the football, but don't tell that to Donnie Jones, who was recognized as the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his spectacular effort on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
For the 10-year veteran, this is the first time that he has won the award. Against the Redskins, Jones set an Eagles franchise record with a 50.7 net yard average. Jones was clutch throughout the afternoon, as four of his six punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.
Jones' finest moment came on his last punt of the day. With the Eagles leading 24-16 and 3:37 remaining in the fourth quarter, Jones unleashed a monster 70-yard punt that rolled out of bounds at Washington's 4-yard line. Jones' 70-yard punt is the longest by an Eagle since Randall Cunningham's 80-yarder at Dallas in October of 1994.
Jones becomes the second punter in Eagles history to win NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Sean Landeta took home the award in 2001.