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Punter Sam Martin Wins NFC Special Teams Player Of The Week

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GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15:  The Detroit Lions line up on the side as punter Sam Martin #6 prepares to kick off to the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Lions 25-21.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

GLENDALE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 15: The Detroit Lions line up on the side as punter Sam Martin #6 prepares to kick off to the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the Lions 25-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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By Ashley Dunkak
@AshleyDunkak

Even those most critical of the idea of drafting a punter had to appreciate Sam Martin’s performance Sunday.

The Detroit Lions took Martin, an Appalachian State grad, in the fifth round this year, and against Washington he proved a capable asset, booming punts of 53, 54, 51, 35, 72 and 50 yards, three of which resulted in touchbacks.

As a result, the Redskins had an average starting field position of the 22.5-yard line following punts. When the Lions offense failed to score, Martin’s punts provided a consistent and effective reset button, helping the defense immeasurably.

Martin’s 72-yarder was the longest by a Lion since Tom Skladany booted one for 74 yards in 1981.

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