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T.J. Edwards named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

The Eagles’ special teams unit earns some recognition.

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards is the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 5, according to an official announcement from the league.

Edwards is being recognized for his blocked punt that helped the Eagles beat the Carolina Panthers. Trailing by five points with about four minutes left in the game, Edwards made a big play that allowed the Eagles’ offense to take over at the Panthers’ 27-yard line. Jalen Hurts and the offense took advantage of great field position to score the game-winning touchdown.

While Edwards certainly deserves some recognition for being the one to actually block the punt, it’s not like he made an incredible play on his own. He had help from fellow linebacker Shaun Bradley and special teams coordinator Michael Clay, as my BGN Radio co-host Jimmy Kempski highlighted in a film breakdown.

Edwards is the first Eagle to win a Player of the Week award since Boston Scott was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 17 of the 2019 season. Edwards is the first Eagle to specifically win NFC Special Teams Player of the Week since Kenjon Barner last did it during the 2017 season.