Denver Broncos punter Corliss Waitman was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday, the NFL announced.
Waitman, 27, punted 10 times for 476 yards in an 11-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football in Week 3. In a game in which field position was crucial, Waitman had a franchise-record six punts downed inside the 20-yard line and two punts downed inside the five-yard line. He also had no touchbacks.
After one of Waitman's punts pinned the 49ers deep in their own territory, Denver's defense forced a safety that gave the Broncos two points. That safety ultimately decided the game as Denver went on to win by one point.
So while punting isn't a flashy job, one could make an argument that Waitman's leg won the game for the Broncos in Week 3. At the very least, he was a key part of the victory, and the NFL has now recognized that by naming him one of the conference players of the week.
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Story originally appeared on Broncos Wire