New England Patriots

Dec 6, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Gunner Olszewski (80) runs with the ball for a touchdown past Los Angeles Chargers outside linebacker Nick Vigil (59) and free safety Nasir Adderley (24) in the fourth quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff,

As expected, Patriots punt returner Gunner Olszewski was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after a monster game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Olszewski racked up 145 return yards in the game, running one punt back for a 70-yard touchdown and nearly taking a second to the house in the Patriots’ 45-0 win. He also made a play as a wide receiver, catching a Jarrett Stidham pass for a 38-yard catch-and-run touchdown in garbage time. He even made a tackle in kickoff coverage.

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It felt like the touchdown was coming for Olszewski heading into the game. He nearly scored one against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 12, but it was called back due to a penalty. Since an off game as a returner against the Houston Texans in Week 11, Olszewski has found another gear in the third phase.

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