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Browns WR Travis Benjamin Wins AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award

BEREA, Ohio – Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin has earned AFC Special Teams Players of the Week for games played Sept. 17-21 (Week 2), the National Football League announced Wednesday.

In a 28-14 victory against Tennessee on Sunday, Benjamin caught three passes for a career-high 115 yards, including touchdowns of 50 and 60 yards and returned a punt 78-yards for a touchdown. His first score, a 60-yard touchdown catch, came on the Browns’ second play of the game. He added a 78-yard punt-return touchdown just before halftime and sealed the game with a 50-yard touchdown grab with 2:52 to play.

Benjamin totaled 154 punt return yards, the third-most in a single-game in Browns history and he is now tied for second for the most punt-return touchdowns in Browns history.

He became the first player in Browns history to record two receiving scores and a punt return touchdown in the same game and the first NFL player to do so since St. Louis’ Tavon Austin on Nov. 10, 2013.

With a 54-yard touchdown catch last week against the Jets (Sept. 13), Benjamin is the first NFL player with four 50+ yard touchdowns in the first two games of a season since Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown in 1963.

Benjamin’s efforts helped the Browns win consecutive home openers for the first time since 1989-90.

This is Benjamin’s third Special Teams Player of the Week Award as he also won in Week 14 in 2013 and Week 5 in 2012. He is the first Browns player to be named Special Teams Player of the Week since Tank Carder in Week 5 in 2014.

Since special teams coordinator Chris Tabor and special teams assistant Shawn Mennenga joined the Browns in 2011, the team has won six AFC Special Teams Player of the Week awards.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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