FOXBORO -- Julian Edelman has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his 72-yard punt return for a touchdown in Monday night's 34-3 laugher over the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.
With the Patriots leading 17-3 in the third quarter, Edelman took a punt at the Patriots 28 and shot up the middle, thanks in part to a key block from Ross Ventrone and outraced punter Dustin Colquitt for his second career punt return for a score.
Edelman's first career TD punt return of 94 yards in the 2010 regular season finale vs. Miami on Jan. 2, 2011 is the longest in team history. He is the fourth Patriots player with two or more punt returns for a touchdown, joining Troy Brown (3), Irving Fryar (3) and Mike Haynes (2). Edelman has returned 44 punts for 603 yards during his Patriots’ career and leads the franchise with a 13.7-yard average.
Edelman also played over 10 snaps as a defensive back in dime packages and made one tackle on the perimeter.
This marks the first Player of the Week honor for Edelman and the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor for a Patriots player since OL Dan Connolly was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 15 of the 2010 season when he returned a kickoff 71 yards in a win against Green Bay on Dec. 19, the longest kickoff return by an offensive lineman in NFL history. It is the fourth Player of the Week honor for the Patriots in 2011 after Tom Brady was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week following the first two games of the season and Carter was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week following the win against the Jets on Nov. 13.
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