According to a report, Donnie Jones has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the Eagles' home victory over the Washington Redskins. Jones is the second ever Eagles punter to win this award, with Sean Landeta being the first to do so in 2001.
Jones kicked six punts for an average of 50.7 yards, which is the highest ever by an Eagle. Four of those punts (66.7%) were downed inside the 20 yard line and none of them were touchbacks. His longest punt of the day came late in the game when he booted a kick 70 yards to pin Washington deep in their own territory. It was Jones' longest career punt since he kicked an 80 yarder in 2007. It was the longest punt by an Eagle since Randall Cunningham's 80 yarder against Dallas in 1994.
Beyond the focus of this week, Jones has been having a good season. His 45.4 yard gross punting average is the third best in team history. His 40.9 net punting average is the best in team history. Donnie Football is an unstoppable force.
Jones is the best punter the Eagles have had in a while. Last year, the Eagles forced a league low 15 punts downed inside the 20 yard line. Fast forward to 2013 and that number is already 22, which ranks 5th in the league. He looks to be like a great, yet extremely underrated, signing from this year's free agent class.
Here's to you, Donnie Football.
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