After a franchise-record 179 punt return yards last Thursday, Browns receiver Travis Benjamin was honored today with the title of the AFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week.
Benjamin is the second Browns player to earn this honor this season. Punter Spencer Lanning also received the award after Cleveland’s Week 3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
The previous franchise record was 166, set by Eric Metcalf back in 1993. Benjamin’s performance was just the seventh NFL game all-time with at least 175 punt return yards.
After setting up a score with a 57-yard return in the first quarter, the second-year speedster out of Miami recorded his second-ever punt return for a touchdown on a spectacular 79-yard dash in the second quarter. He finished with seven total returns in the game, clearly affecting Buffalo’s every move.
Per the Browns, Benjamin now ranks second in the NFL with both an average of 15.1 yards per return and 256 total punt return yards. He is the NFL’s only player with two 50+ yard returns in a single game this year.
Cleveland returns home on Sunday to face the Detroit Lions in Week 6.