Browns punt returner Travis Benjamin was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for games played Oct. 3-7, the NFL announced today.
Benjamin is the second Browns player in to win the award this season. Punter Spencer Lanning earned the honor in Week 3.
Benjamin, a second-year wide receiver, also won the award in Week 14 last season. The fastest player on the offense, he’s nicknamed “the rabbit” because he grew up chasing and catching the critters in Belle Glade, Fla.
“They kind of taste like pork chops to me,” Benjamin said. “So it’s a great meal.”
In a 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night, Benjamin set a franchise record with 179 punt-return yards, including a 79-yard return for a touchdown and a 57-yard return that set up a field goal. His 179 punt-return yards were the most since the Detroit Lions’ Eddie Drummond tallied 199 in 2004. It also surpassed Eric Metcalf’s 166 yards in 1993, previous record by a Browns player. Benjamin’s total also ranks as the sixth-most in league history.
Benjamin is second in the league this season with an average of 15.1 yards per punt return and 256 total punt-return yards. He is also the only NFL player with two 50-yard punt returns in a game this season.