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Travis Benjamin is the AFC special teams player of the week

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Everything’s coming up roses for the Browns all of a sudden.

They’ve won three straight games, the first time they’ve strung that many wins together since 2009, and one of their players has been recognized as the AFC special teams player of the week. Rookie wide receiver Travis Benjamin took home the prize for the week on the back of his 93-yard punt return for a touchdown in the 30-7 rout of the Chiefs.

It was the longest punt return in Browns history and the longest punt return in the AFC this season. Benjamin, a fourth-round pick this year, has returned just three punts all year as it has largely been the domain of Josh Cribbs. Cribbs is a free agent after the season and he’s made no secret that he’d like to be playing a bigger role on offense than the Browns have been willing to give him.

If he does wind up heading elsewhere, it looks like Benjamin can be considered a strong candidate for the punt return job.

 

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8 Responses to “Travis Benjamin is the AFC special teams player of the week”
  1. clownsfan says: Dec 12, 2012 3:59 PM

    Cribs is done in Cleveland. If he isn’t whining about his contract he’s whining about playing time. It’s played out. The truth is he’s nothing more than a Special Teams player. Everybody knows it but him.

    Good luck & God bless Josh!

  2. steelernationfartsinyourfaceandwinschampionships says: Dec 12, 2012 4:10 PM

    Why is it not labeled returner of the week? They don’t give awards to any of the other special team positions despite great performances, so why not just label it for return men?

  3. joemammy says: Dec 12, 2012 4:13 PM

    Congratulations Travis!

    I hope that all of those “experts” are taking another long look at the Cleveland Browns’ draft picks, since Heckert has been GM. And that includes everyone who was shocked that this team would spend a 2nd rounder from next year to pick up Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft.

    Do you hear me, Jimmy? Tom Heckert!!

    Cleveland is on the rise. Go Browns!!!

  4. jackblackshairyback says: Dec 12, 2012 4:27 PM

    Cribbs’ comments are especially comical, given that last year he wanted to focus more on special teams and not be in the offense so much.

    But it’s a contract year now…

  5. downhillrider says: Dec 12, 2012 4:43 PM

    Another outstanding return man from UM (FL).

  6. sdsockers says: Dec 12, 2012 7:44 PM

    Too bad nobody considered Chargers punter Mike Scifres. His incredible punting was a major factor in San Diego’s first-ever regular season victory in Pittsburgh. Scifres punted seven times in all, and his first five punts, in order, went to the: 8 yard line; the 9; the 7; the 11; the 12.
    None of these were returned at all. This repeatedly stuck the Steelers in a huge hole, obviously, and helped the Chargers win.

  7. fcrraptor720 says: Dec 12, 2012 10:22 PM

    Always has been all about the U

  8. akbrownsfan says: Dec 12, 2012 11:16 PM

    After seeing Greg little run that toss sweep I would love to see him as the wildcat back in the coming years , oh and Travis is really really fast

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