Donnie "MVP of the Universe" Jones has done it again. For the second straight consecutive game the Eagles have played, Jones has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Jones had a performance to remember in the Eagles 24-21 win over the Cardinals. He booted seven punts inside the 20 yard line, which set a team record and tied the third highest total in the NFL since the stat was first officially recorded in 1976. He also recorded a 69 yard punt against the Cardinals, which is only his second longest of the season.
Jones has been great at precision punting all year. His 29 punts downed in the 20 on the season is tied for the second-highest total in franchise history. He is only behind Jeff Feagles who downed 31 in 1993. Jones owns the third highest career gross punting average (45.3) and the best net punting average (41.3) in franchise history. (via Eagles PR)
Jones is the first Eagles player to win back to back Player of the Week awards since Michael Vick in 2010. Jones also made some more history:
.@Eagles Jones is 4th P to win Player of Week in consecutive team games in single season & 1st since 1999 (Bryan Barker)— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) December 4, 2013
Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com recently put out an excellent piece on how valuable Jones has been to the team's success this year.
Jones' directional punting and hangtime has been far superior. This season, the Eagles have allowed 121 punt return yards. Only 3 teams have allowed less.
Jones has proved to be a very great free agent signing from the 2013 off-season. Perhaps the best one the Eagles made, and that's not a slight to the others.
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