Eddie Royal’s 85-yard punt return for the go-ahead touchdown in Sunday’s 38-24 win against the Oakland Raiders earned the wide receiver AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for Week 9.
It’s the first such award for a Bronco this season.
Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway congratulated Royal on his Twitter account.
On Monday, Royal was quick to give credit to Quan Cosby, who he said has “been doing a great job for us” as a punt returner since joining the team just before Week 3.
But he said he always jokingly whispered to Special Teams Coordinator Jeff Rodgers to let him field a punt.
“Let me get back there, I still got it, let me make a play,” Royal smiled. “So when the game came down, I think there were five minutes left, he kind of looked at me and said, ‘Come on.’ I thought he was joking at first, and then he said, ‘Come on.’ I hopped up. It was a great play. The guys did a great job of blocking and it all worked out.”
Royal also earned the award in 2009, when he became the 11th player in NFL history to return a punt (71 yds.) and a kickoff (93 yds.) for a touchdown in the same game at San Diego. He also earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October.