New Orleans Saints punter picked as the NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week
By Bob Garcia
Thomas Morstead was a standout last week as the Saints took the top of the NFC South
On Wednesday, the New Orleans Saints announced that its punter, Thomas Morstead, has made enough of a mark last week to be named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 1. It was a great season beginning for this player, who had six punts for 264 yards during the season-opening game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with a punting average of 44.0. During that first game, the Saints allowed only one return, which didn’t get far, and even pinned five of them inside the 20-yard line.
Morstead, 6″4′ and 235 pounds, is currently playing his 12th season with the Saints. He was a first-round draft choice back in 2009 when he was playing for Southern Methodist University. Throughout his 12 years with the team, the 34-year-old has been a powerful weapon on the field thanks to his strong leg, amazing placement abilities and great kickoffs. During the past 11 seasons, he has a gross average of 46.9 on 630 punts with a 41.6 net and 228 punts inside the 20-yard line. He also recorded 259 kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks. Morstead holds the title for the second-highest career net punting average in NFL history.
Every week during the NFL season, the league chooses six finalists to be considered for a Players of the Week award. The first week of the 2020 NFL season is in the books, and other players also got recognition for their work during the first Week of football action. Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks was picked the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award.