Considering the dominant special teams performance against Philadelphia this past Sunday, there were lots of worthy candidates...
- Mason Crosby–His franchise record 56-yard field goal probably hasn't gotten the attention it deserved immediately following the game. Although his award for NFC Special Teams Player of the Week helps. Considering the other very good kickers in Packers history like Jan Stenerud, Chester Marcol, Chris Jacke and Ryan Longwell, that's quite an accomplishment. And it probably overshadowed his 49-yard field goal that also was dead, solid, perfect. He also added three extra points.
- Jordy Nelson–Averaged 31.2 yards on 5 kick returns consistently giving the offense with good starting field position. One long return of 51 yards got the Packers into opposing territory. And not to be overlooked was information from Lori Nickel's article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about Nelson's catch and quick handoff to the referee that helped set up Crosby's record field goal.
- Jarrett Bush–Helped keep Pro Bowl return man DeSean Jackson in check by quickly getting down field and forcing two fair catches on only 14 combined yards on two other returns.
- Desmond Bishop–Won the "Big Hit" award from the coaching staff for his play on kickoff coverage.
- Tom Crabtree–Led the team in special teams tackles with two and played on nearly every unit.
On last night's Packer Transplants episode, Mason Crosby got 62% of the fan vote. Jordy Nelson got 35% and Jarrett Bush received 3%.
I have to agree. Crosby did have one kickoff land out of bounds, but his franchise record field goal alone is worthy of the award. Crosby it is.
Week 1–Mason Crosby
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