Indianapolis Colts linebacker E.J. Speed was named ‘AFC Special Teams Player of the Week’ for his standout special teams performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 10:
The game is all about Speed. pic.twitter.com/WTzkz5VvLE— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 17, 2021
With 8:23 left in the first quarter, Speed scooped up a blocked punt (by Zaire Franklin) near the Jaguars own 12-yard line and took it to the house for the touchdown—stiff-arming punter Logan Cooke in the process to dive into pay-dirt:
PUNT BLOCK TOUCHDOWN. #ForTheShoe @Colts— NFL (@NFL) November 14, 2021
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Speed has been an impressive special teams contributor for the Colts, having previously earned the same honors in Week 10 of 2020 coincidentally. It’s the third time a Colts special teams player has been awarded such recognition this season, as punter Rigoberto Sanchez has already been the recipient twice.
While it’s splitting hairs, it feels like Zaire Franklin is at least equally deserving of such recognition, as he was the one who actually blocked the punt that led to Speed’s recovery for the touchdown. Either way, kudos to Speed.