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Adam Jones is the AFC special-teams player of the week

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In 2007, after the cornerback formerly known as Pacman received a one-year suspension from the NFL, few imagined he’d be playing again the following year.  Even fewer would have predicted he’d still be in the league five years later.

He is, and he’s the AFC’s special-teams player of the week for Week Two of the 2012 season.

Jones returned three punts for 90 yards against the Browns, including an 81-yard return that began with Jones deftly weaving through traffic in his own end of the field before busting it open.

It was Jones’ first punt return for a touchdown as a Bengal, and it was the fifth of his career.

Other nominees for the award were Colts safety Joe Legefed, who had five special-teams tackles, Bills punt returner Leodis McKelvin, who returned three punts for 98 yards (including an 88-yard score), and Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who was three-for-three on field goals, including a 53-yard game winner.

While Jones has the more compelling story of NFL redemption, a stronger case could be made for giving the award to Vinatieri.

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12 Responses to “Adam Jones is the AFC special-teams player of the week”
  1. medtxpack says: Sep 19, 2012 12:58 PM

    its cool to see his name in a positive headline.

  2. blackngold4life says: Sep 19, 2012 1:03 PM

    Props to Pac-Man! Got his head right an is still productive in the league

  3. wayne1693 says: Sep 19, 2012 1:07 PM

    An 81-yard punt-return for a touchdown is MORE impressive than a 53-yard field-goal; particularly when the latter is being accomplished by a guy doing them pretty regularly throughout his entire career.

  4. hoopieguy says: Sep 19, 2012 1:07 PM

    Only because C-Town can’t freakin tackle. Should have gone to Vinatieri

  5. l6ozbud says: Sep 19, 2012 1:09 PM

    Jones has talent. Now that he’s staying out of trouble, he needs to stay healthy. Injuries have plagued him since being reinstated years ago.

  6. jasons81 says: Sep 19, 2012 1:10 PM

    McLovin go screwed… had a longer TD and more yards yet still didn’t get it. Pacman got it because he is a reformed loser and everyone loves a good redemption story.

  7. bengalheel says: Sep 19, 2012 1:29 PM

    Adam Jones deserved it due to the fact that the Bengals may not have won without it. It set a positive tone for the game and the Browns rallied late. Don’t really know why Florio mentioned a stronger case for Vinatieri, as making long field goals are the standard duty for a kicker. Not many players could have done what Jones did on Sunday.

  8. spungy says: Sep 19, 2012 1:34 PM

    I guess you had to see the TD return. He broke past like 6 guys!

  9. NoWearMan says: Sep 19, 2012 1:43 PM

    the guy averaged 4.5 yards on the other two returns. pretty pedestrian to me.

  10. rexranius says: Sep 19, 2012 2:07 PM

    “the guy averaged 4.5 yards on the other two returns. pretty pedestrian to me.”

    Take out the long runs for every punt returner and that would be close to the average.

  11. majbobby says: Sep 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    Ok So McKelvin had better numbers and does not get it????

    HMMM Guess NFL wants Adam Jones in the headlines for something positive for once.

  12. mrfrostyj says: Sep 20, 2012 5:27 PM

    Plain and simple Bengals don’t win without PacMans touchdown last Sunday especially with how Richardson was playing. The Bills lost so McKelvin shouldn’t be in the conversation and Venatiari was a non factor considering he did what he’s PAID TO DO in a situation where the Colts defense failed miserably.

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