There hasn’t been a punt return touchdown or a kickoff return touchdown in the NFL yet this season, but there has been a blocked field goal return touchdown, and it earned the player who scored it an award this week.
Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who scooped up a blocked field goal and ran it 65 yards for a touchdown, has been named NFC special teams player of the week for Week Two.
It was a huge play in the game, effectively a 10-point swing: The Saint were gearing up to score three points on a very makable field goal, and the Giants ended up getting seven points on Jenkins’ touchdown. In a game the Giants would win 16-13, it doesn’t get more crucial than that.
Jenkins has never before won special teams player of the week, though he did win a defensive player of the week award with the Rams.