Philadelphia Eagles running back/punt returner Kenjon Barner has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Week 5 of the 2017 NFL season.
Barner returned three punts for a total of 110 yards in the Eagles’ 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals. His longest return of the day was a 76-yard effort. On that play, Barner did a nice job of making a few players miss before bursting into the open field.
Kenjon Barner is a...barn burner on that run. pic.twitter.com/hgYhZGyQ6D— Chris Jastrzembski (@CFJastrzembski) October 8, 2017
It’s kind of crazy to think how Barner was just sitting on the market after being cut by the Chargers this summer and now he’s back in Philly making big plays in the absence of Darren Sproles. Obviously a great decision by the Eagles to re-sign him.
Barner is the second Eagles player to be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week this season. Jake Elliott won the award thanks to his game-winning 61-yard field goal in Week 3. That’s certainly a great reflection on special teams coordinator Dave Fipp.
Barner joins Darren Sproles, DeSean Jackson, Brian Westbrook, and Brian Mitchell as punt returners to win NFC Special Teams Player of the Week with the Eagles. That’s some pretty good company.