Longtime Saints Punter wins Special Teams Player of the Week for Falcons

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The Falcons faithful are going to love shoving this one in the faces of their most hated rivals; longtime Saints punter Thomas Morstead won NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for the Falcons.

Just over a week ago, the Falcons signed Thomas Morstead as they placed Dustin Colquitt on the reserve/COVID-19 list after the team’s loss to the Patriots. The veteran punter is most famous for his 12 consecutive seasons to begin his career in New Orleans, but the 35-year-old most recently played for the Jets. During his time with New York, he filled in for seven games, including an impressive performance against the Falcons where he punted four times and averaged 51.3 yards per punt, dropping three of them inside Atlanta’s 20-yard line.

He not only came in on short notice for the Falcons, but he was incredibly effective in pinning the Jaguars’ offense deep in their own territory. Punting five times, the 13th-year man averaged 44.8 yards per attempt with a long of 55 yards. He booted three of them inside the 20-yard line, and Trevor Lawrence never had field position better than Jacksonville’s 30-yard line.

Morstead showed precisely how important the third phase of a football truly can be. Even though most casual fans have no inclination to how big of an impact special teams can have, it doesn’t make them any less vital to any team’s victory. Morstead made quite the impact on this game, and the front office staff should be given credit for signing him.




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