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NY Jets WR Braxton Berrios rightfully named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

By Kristen Wong
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Braxton Berrios put the "special" in special teams in the NY Jets' win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 16, and his outstanding efforts in that game won him an AFC Player of the Week award.

Berrios took a 102-yard kickoff return to the house for a first-half touchdown that gave New York a 13-9 lead before halftime. Jaguars defenders simply couldn't catch the specialist as he sped right up the seam and didn't stop until he reached the other end zone.

The sight was enough to make Jets fans cry and to make Berrios' girlfriend post about it using extra exclamation marks and fire emojis.

We think it also deserves a couple of those "raising hands" emojis as well.

That big play helped him win AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 16, which is a nice cherry on top of New York's fourth win of the season.

NY Jets' Braxton Berrios takes home AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award in Week 16

Berrios had three kickoff returns for 138 yards and one punt return for 12 yards in Week 16, and he currently leads the league in kickoff returns (30.7 yards). That 102-yard return also marked the longest this season so far.

The Jets are the only team in the NFL that ranks in the top five in both kick and punt-return average largely thanks to Berrios, whose kickoff return average, in particular, is the eighth-highest in the league over the last 10 seasons.

Berrios' talents aren't just limited to effortlessly dodging defenders on special plays — he also recorded five catches for 37 yards as a wide receiver against Jacksonville. One of those was a pivotal third-down catch in the fourth quarter that helped New York score a game-deciding touchdown.

Berrios is one of four wideouts with at least 50 targets and zero drops this season, proving to be Robert Saleh's especially versatile and reliable offensive weapon in 2021.

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The third-year pro dazzled for the Jets in Week 16, and he will likely continue to do so as an irreplaceable member of New York's special teams unit.

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