Sam Martin garners NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors

AP

Five punts of 50 yards or longer in Sunday’s win at Washington helped Lions rookie Sam Martin become the club’s first punter to win NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors since 1993.

Martin, who had a 72-yard punt to begin the fourth quarter of the Lions’ 27-20 victory at Washington, was named the recipient of the conference’s weekly special teams honor by the NFL on Wednesday. The fifth-round pick from Appalachian State averaged 52.5 yards on six punts, posting a 40.7-yard net average.

According to the NFL, Jim Arnold was the last Lions punter to earn the NFC’s special teams award. For the record, Arnold captured the award for his work in the Lions’ 1993 regular-season finale against Green Bay, a game played at the old Pontiac Silverdome.

In addition to punting, Martin holds on placements and kicks off for Detroit, which is 2-1 entering Sunday’s game vs. 3-0 Chicago.

8 responses to “Sam Martin garners NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors

  1. I think a lot of us Lion fans were pretty upset we took a punter in the 5th, but the kid is good.

    With how bad our ST coverage was last year all these touchbacks and booming punts have been a godsend.

  2. The butt hurt was strong in Lions land when a 5th round pick was made on a punter.

    The difference in field position from his punts from what we got last year is staggering. Also very few chances for returns.

  3. It wasn’t so much that they took a punter in the 5th round, it was that nobody heard of him. He wasn’t in any draft magazine, website, no GM or scout in the league ever mentioned him. Great find by the front office.

  4. I was actually happy they took a punter or rather someone or something that they actually needed. This team’s draft record is really spotty regardless of the round and sometimes its because they focus too much on ‘potential and physical attributes’ (hello Tahir Whitehead & Ronnell Lewis) as opposed to actual football skills or ability to play.

    This year is probably their smartest draft in 15 years. Ansah, Slay, Warford, Riddick, Taylor and Martin are all guys that can help this year. An amazing feat in the case of the Lions.

  5. Too bad they chickened out and went with a washed up vet for a Kicker instead of employing the same strategy for that position as they did for punter.

  6. “Too bad they chickened out and went with a washed up vet for a Kicker instead of employing the same strategy for that position as they did for punter.”

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    Agreed. Akers is terrible now.

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