Houston Texans DB Tremon Smith Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

The NFL has named Houston Texans DB Tremon Smith the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week following his performance in the team's 30-16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 15. This marks the first Player of the Week award of his NFL career and the team's first Special Teams award since Week 15 of the 2019 campaign.

In Week 15, Smith finished with 121 kickoff return yards, one touchdown, one special teams tackle and one tackle on defense, while also downing one punt inside the 5-yard line. He took back his first return of the day 98 yards to the end zone to give his club a 14-3 first-quarter lead over the Jaguars. The 98-yard touchdown return marked a new career long and was also the first score of his four-year career. Smith was the only player in Week 15 to return a kick for a touchdown and first Texans player to do so since 2009. For the year, Smith has returned 13 kickoffs for 303 yards (29.0 avg.).

He also played a large role on the special teams coverage unit in Sunday's victory. In the fourth quarter in the midst of a one-possession game, Smith downed a punt by P Cameron Johnston on the Jacksonville 4-yard line that led to a Jaguars three-and-out and the ensuing game-sealing touchdown by the Texans' offense. He became the first player in club annals with both a special teams tackle and a kickoff return touchdown in a single game.

This marks the 50th time a Texan has been named Player of the Week in franchise history and the first time this season. It is also the 16th time Houston has won the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award in team history.

Table inside Article
PlayerAwardWeekSeason
Tremon SmithSpecial Teams152021
Deshaun WatsonOffensive112020
Angelo BlacksonSpecial Teams152019
Deshaun WatsonOffensive132019
Deshaun WatsonOffensive52019
Deshaun WatsonOffensive32019
Whitney MercilusDefensive22019
Ka'imi FairbairnSpecial Teams152018
J.J. WattDefensive122018
Jadeveon ClowneyDefensive42018
Johnathan JosephDefensive62017
Deshaun WatsonOffensive42017
Shane LechlerSpecial Teams82016
Will Fuller VSpecial Teams42016
Whitney MercilusDefensive12016
J.J. WattDefensive172015
J.J. WattDefensive112015
DeAndre HopkinsOffensive62015
Randy BullockSpecial Teams162014
Ryan FitzpatrickOffensive132014
J.J. WattDefensive112014
J.J. WattDefensive42014
J.J. WattDefensive152012
Matt SchaubOffensive112012
J.J. WattDefensive32012
Arian FosterOffensive72011
Arian FosterOffensive42011
Glover QuinDefensive122010
Matt SchaubOffensive62010
Andre JohnsonOffensive22010
Arian FosterOffensive12010
Brian CushingDefensive82009
Brian CushingDefensive62009
Jacoby JonesSpecial Teams42009
Matt SchaubOffensive22009
Matt SchaubOffensive142008
Steve SlatonOffensive132008
Jacoby JonesSpecial Teams82008
Jacoby JonesSpecial Teams62008
André DavisSpecial Teams142007
Kris BrownSpecial Teams52007
Mario WilliamsDefensive12007
Kris BrownSpecial Teams162006
DeMeco RyansDefensive132006
Andre JohnsonOffensive42006
Jerome MathisSpecial Teams82005
Kris BrownSpecial Teams32004
Chad StanleySpecial Teams92003
Avion BlackSpecial Teams152002
Aaron GlennDefensive142002

The Houston Texans roster in photos.

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