FOXBORO — When Chris Jones blocked Nick Folk’s game-winning field goal attempt last Thursday night, it was the Patriots’ second blocked field goal of the season and now both of those blocked kicks have led to AFC Player of the Week honors as he was named the AFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 7 on Wednesday.
This comes after Chandler Jones was named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week when he blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown in Week 2 against Minnesota.
“I wasn’t the only guy in the middle pushing. I just happened to be the one that got my hand up there to block the field goal,” Chris said. “It’s an honor to win it, I guess.”
The team works on it on a daily basis and with two blocked kicks it’s been paying off.
“We work on it almost everyday, actually,” Chris said. “We try and work on every phase of the game and we actually worked on it a little bit today.”
With Chandler being reportedly sidelined for about a month with a hip injury, others will need to step in and back an impact on the defensive line.
“We have guys that are stepping up,” Chris said. “This week we have Dominique Easley and Zach Moore — we have those guys stepping up this week and they are doing really well for us.”
“They stepped in and they do their job really well for us,” he added. “They work really hard in practice and watching film. They know their stuff and they do really good things for us.”