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Jamal Agnew named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

For the second week in a row a Lion has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Cornerback Jamal Agnew earned the Week 2 award after returning a punt 88 yards for a touchdown with 12:56 left in the fourth quarter of Detroit's Week 2 win on Monday Night Football.

  • Agnew finished the Lions' Week 2 win with 101 yards on three punt returns against the Giants (33.7 avg.).
  • His 88-yard punt return touchdown was the fifth-longest punt return in Lions history and the longest since WR Reggie Swinton returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown at Carolina December 21, 2003.
  • The 88-yard return is the second-longest ever by a Lions rookie behind Hall of Fame DB Jack Christiansen's 89-yard punt return touchdown November 22, 1951
  • Agnew became the first Lions rookie to score on a punt return since WR Eddie Drummond at Arizona (73 yards) December 8, 2002. His punt return touchdown also represents the Lions first-ever on Monday Night Football.
  • His 24.8-yard punt return average is tops in the NFL through the first two weeks of the season. Agnew's punt return touchdown was the first return of the season in the league.
  • This marks the second time Lions players have won Player of the Week honors in each of the first 2 weeks of the season. The first time this occurred was in 1999 -- DE Robert Porcher (Defense – Week 1) and CB Terry Fair (Special Teams – Week 2).
  • Jamal Agnew is the first Lions rookie to win POW honors since P Sam Martin in 2013 (Week 3). The last time a Lions rookie returner won Special Teams POW was CB Terry Fair in Week 4 of the 1998 season.
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