Ryan Allen has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the New England Patriots’ 23-14 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
The second-year pro punted five times for 247 yards, registering a 49.4-yard average, while also dropping four inside the San Diego 13-yard line with one touchback.
Allen’s longest punt sent the Chargers back 60 yards, as the Patriots’ coverage team held receiver Keenan Allen to two returns for seven yards at Qualcomm Stadium on Dec. 7.
The 24-year-old now has a 45.9-yard average on his 54 punts this season, including longs of 67, 66, 63 and 60 yards, with a net of 39.7 yards. Allen has launched 20 punts inside the opponent’s 20 and has conceded just six touchbacks.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Louisiana Tech product became the first back-to-back Ray Guy Award winner before going undrafted in the spring of 2013, but it is the first time in Allen’s NFL career that he has earned the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor.
Patriots wideout Julian Edelman and defensive tackle Chris Jones were both recognized for their efforts in the kicking game earlier this season.