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Browns WR Donovan Peoples-Jones named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Honor comes after 76-yard punt return for TD against Texans
Donovan Peoples-Jones
Posted at 1:34 PM, Dec 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-07 13:34:34-05

BEREA, Ohio — For the first time since 2015, the Browns had a punt return for a touchdown, courtesy of Donovan Peoples-Jones—who has been rewarded for the feat with an accolade from the NFL.

On Wednesday, Peoples-Jones was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played Dec. 1-5.

Peoples-Jones broke through contact on the 76-yard punt return, stumbling as he made his way through gunners, and took off at 20 mph as he regained footing and broke free to find the end zone.

WATCH: Browns WR Donovan Peoples-Jones scores on impressive 76-yard punt return against Texans

The return for a touchdown was the Browns' first since Sept. 20, 2015, and just the second punt return for a touchdown this season across the league.

While the feat was something Peoples-Jones is certainly proud of, he gives credit to his teammates first.

"I was happy I didn't trip, but I was more impressed with my teammates and the blocking that they did. Nobody gave up after I made a couple guys miss. Everybody stuck to their mans, and there was never any flinching from them, and it really impressed me that nobody gave up," Peoples-Jones said. "The coaching plan, the goal of that return was to do what we did. And like I said, my blockers—I can’t thank them enough I really can’t because they made that play.”

As for the award, Peoples-Jones took the humble, short answered response.

"I feel good. It's a great feeling. Great accomplishment," Peoples-Jones said.

Peoples-Jones joins kicker Cade York to win the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week this season. York earned the award in Week 1.

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