Tampa Bay punter Josh Bidwell was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday for his performance last Sunday vs. the Miami Dolphins.
Bidwell punted seven times for 342 yards (48.9 avg.), and five of those attempts pinned the Dolphins inside their own 20-yard line. He also got off a 61-yard punt, which was his longest of the season.
Through six regular season games, Bidwell ranks first in the NFC and second in the NFL with a 48.0 avg.
“He’s clearly been a huge winning edge for us,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said of Bidwell. “He’s a phenomenal punter. If we can continue to give him a good cup, a good firm protection to punt from, he’s a great directional kicker. He’s hanging the ball high and our coverages are getting better because of that. He’s a phenomenal punter. He’s a guy who certainly looks Pro Bowl-bound to me.”
Bidwell’s award marks the second time this season that he has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. He received that award in Week 3 after averaging 47.3 yards per punt vs. the Green Bay Packers.
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