Packers P Pat O'Donnell named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Veteran placed five of seven punts inside the 20 vs. Buccaneers

Packers P Pat O'Donnell

GREEN BAY – Packers punter Pat O'Donnell has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 3.

The veteran punter, who signed with Green Bay as a free agent this spring after eight seasons in Chicago, averaged 48.4 yards (44.7 net) on seven punts on Sunday at Tampa Bay, with a long of 63.

Most important, he placed five of the seven punts inside the Buccaneers' 20-yard line. That's the most punts inside the 20 by a Packers punter in a single game since 1976. One of those was downed by cornerback Keisean Nixon at the 2-yard line.

Originally a sixth-round draft pick by the Bears in 2014 out of Miami, O'Donnell placed 200 punts inside the 20 for Chicago, second in team history.

The last NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honor earned by the Packers was exactly one year ago, when kicker Mason Crosby got it in Week 3 of 2021.

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