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Diontae Spencer named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Denver Broncos punt returner Diontae Spencer has been named Week 14’s AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his 83-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers.

Denver Broncos v Carolina Panthers Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Diontae Spencer set the tone early for the Denver Broncos in their 32-27 victory over the Carolina Panthers when we took a first quarter punt 83-yards for the touchdown for the game’s first score. It was the seventh longest punt return in Broncos history and the third longest in the NFL this season.

It was the third Special Teams Player of the Week awarded to a Broncos player this year. Spencer joined Brandon McManus who won the award in Weeks 4 and 5. He is the first returner since Trindon Holiday won the award in Week 2 of 2013.

Spencer joined the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and spent several seasons in the Canadian Football League before rejoining an NFL roster in 2019. On the season, Spencer has returned 10 punts for 175 yards for a 17.5-yard average that ranks second in the NFL. The score was his first at the NFL level.

Longest Punt Returns in Broncos History

Player Opponent Length
Player Opponent Length
Darrien Gordon vs. Rams (9/14/97) 94t
Rick Upchurch vs. Chargers (10/3/76) 92t
Eric Decker vs. Raiders (9/12/11) 90t
Rick Upchurch vs. Steelers (11/6/77) 87t
Deltha O'Neal at Seahawks (10/14/01) 86t
Eddie Royal at Chargers (11/6/11) 85t
Diontae Spencer at Panthers (12/13/20) 83t
Omar Bolden at Colts (11/8/15) 83t