Matthew Slater named AFC special teams player of the week

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Matthew Slater has carved out a long and successful career playing special teams for the Patriots that has resulted in seven selections to the Pro Bowl.

Until Wednesday, though, it had never resulted in a weekly award as the AFC’s top special teams player. Slater can now cross that box off his list.

Slater has been tabbed for his efforts in New England’s 13-9 win over the Cowboys. The biggest play of the game came when Slater blocked a Chris Jones punt late in the first half. The Patriots recovered on the 12-yard-line and N'Keal Harry scored the game’s only touchdown two plays later.

It was the first blocked punt of Slater’s career. He also downed a punt at the 8-yard-line during a win that pushed the Patriots to 10-1 on the season.

21 responses to “Matthew Slater named AFC special teams player of the week

  1. For those who pay close attention to special teams, Slater is right there on the ball literally every play. He dominates special teams game in and game out.

  2. He is standing next to the punt returner when he catches the ball 80% of the time. Sometimes he is there before the ball. Awesome.

    Fun story: Matthew wanted to play FB since he was a toddler. His father said that they got called into school when he was in kindergarten because Matthew tackled any little boy or girl who held a ball.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. terripet says:
    November 27, 2019 at 9:39 am
    For what running up n down the field
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    The jealousy in this one is strong. Did he not block a punt Sunday?

  4. To add to what folks are saying here:

    Not only is Slater almost always down next to the returner, he is ALWAYS doubled by the coverage team. Most teams put their best coverage guys on Slater as a gunner, and he still gets there.

  5. He’s a Hall of Famer and he’ll be the first special teams player who wasn’t a kicker, and only specialized in special teams to be inducted into the Hall. He’s the best there ever was bar none that’s it end of story

  6. patsarticlemustpost says:
    November 27, 2019 at 10:05 am
    terripet says:
    November 27, 2019 at 9:39 am
    For what running up n down the field
    ——————–

    The jealousy in this one is strong. Did he not block a punt Sunday?

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    Patriot Hater simply isn’t very bright and they prove it again and again.

    It’s why I love getting in their grill and laughing at them! 😄

  7. This guy should go into the HOF after Tasker gets in. They’re more or less the same player.

    Slater is actually a bit better and has 3 rings with 5 SB appearances. What a career as a STs Ace.

  8. GoodellMustGo says:
    November 27, 2019 at 10:15 am
    patsarticlemustpost says:
    November 27, 2019 at 10:05 am
    terripet says:
    November 27, 2019 at 9:39 am
    For what running up n down the field
    ——————–

    The jealousy in this one is strong. Did he not block a punt Sunday?

    —-
    Patriot Hater simply isn’t very bright and they prove it again and again.

    It’s why I love getting in their grill and laughing at them! 😄

    8 0 Rate This

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    You know what is awkward is watching people in person act this way, if you live outside of NE.

    Their jealousy literally consumes their life. It’s never been seen before in human history.

    Seeing this level of jealousy and anger over the success of a sports franchise. It’s quite the sociological study. Freud could have made an entire career over just hosting Pats Haters on his couch.

    bawaha

  9. I’m a Giants fan. I also saw Tasker play from day 1. He was in your face and made a ton of tackles. Kind of the Julian Edelman of Special Teams, if you will.

    Slater, is a different kind of ST teams player. More Jerry Rice. I’ve NEVER watched a NE game ( we get them on CBS channel 3 in NY) in which his name isn’t mentioned. He’s BEYOND special, as was Tasker. Just different breeds, same results.

    The 3rd ST player is Hester. I bet he has a dozen player of the week awards. The award, most awards, go to ‘points’ or offense.

    The definition of a HOF player is ‘ “Is the game the same when they are gone”. In all 3 cases (2 outta 3, so far) the answer is YES. I miss Tasker and Hester. Someday, I will miss Slater.

    But the ‘only won one ST player of the week’ will be what some naysayer will say when his name gets to the final 25, if it ever gets that far. BS offense award. Slater is long overdue.

    Case in point: Watch the SB again. Nothing against Edelman but Van Noy and Hightower should have been co MVP’s. Or pick one of them. Again, offense rules awards. I still can’t believe how Van Noy just dominated and only NE fans noticed.

    Good for Slater in being the best he can be. Some of us who can look past the uniform bias and just love the game, KNOW. Especially, those of us who have done that 60-65 yard sprint.

  10. 1. I was shocked to hear his name called on the blocked punt, I figured he’d retired by now. Feels like he’s been around forever.

    2. More shocked that in all these years he’s never won a Special Teams Player of the Week!!

    Dude’s a beast

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