Travis Benjamin racked up his fourth special teams player of the week honors, the first in a Chargers uniform.
When the Chargers signed Travis Benjamin in 2016 free agency, he was brought in not only to help out on offense, but to jumpstart the special teams.
He failed to do so in his first year with the Chargers. He fumbled kicks, hesitated on returns and called for fair catches when nobody was in sight. All in all, he lost confidence.
A year later, Benjamin is starting to make an impact on special teams. He gave the Chargers their first points of the game against Denver Sunday, scoring on a 65-yard punt return. He finished with 3 returns for 88 yards, which excludes his 42-yard catch and score late in the fourth quarter to put the game on ice.
The NFL took notice, as Benjamin was named AFC special teams player of the week. According to ESPN’s Eric D. Williams, it was the first time a Charger earned special teams player of the week honors since Week 6 of 2016, when punter Drew Kaser won the award. Kaser even made his case for special teams player of the week with this epic punt right here.
Even crazier: It was the Chargers’ first punt return for a touchdown since the 2012 season. Remember Michael Spurlock? Yeah, that guy was the last to do it.
The Chargers’ special teams have killed the team in recent seasons. The Chargers’ offense has underwhelmed to start the season, but if the special teams can help put the offense in a better position to start drives, Philip Rivers and Co. *should put up more points.
With Benjamin’s confidence sky high, maybe we’ll start to see that happen more often.