Punter Matt Haack played a key role in the victory against the New York Jets, and he was recognized for his efforts Wednesday when he was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Haack punted nine times in the 13-6 victory against the Jets and had seven punts inside the 20, tying his own Dolphins record. Haack is the only NFL punter with seven punts inside the 20 in a game since 2015.
Haack averaged 44.7 yards per punt, with a net average of 42.8.
In large part because of Haack’s punting, the Jets’ average starting point on their drives was their own 18-yard line.
It’s the third time this season a Dolphins has won an AFC weekly award. Jakeem Grant was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1, and wide receiver Albert Wilson won AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts against the Chicago Bears in Week 6.
Haack became the third Dolphins punter to be named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week since the award was established in 1993, joining Dale Hatcher (1993) and Matt Turk (2000, twice in 2001).
It’s the first time this season a punter has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week; Seattle’s Michael Dickson is the only punter to earn NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.