Eric Weems named NFC special teams player of the week

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Eric Weems (14) outruns Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Maurice Stovall (85) to the end zone to score on a 102-yard touchdown return during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Eric Weems (14) outruns Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Maurice Stovall (85) to the end zone to score on a 102-yard touchdown return during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons wide receiver Eric Weems was named the NFC special teams player for the week, according to team.

Weems set a franchise-record with a 102-yard kickoff return to help spark the Falcons to a 28-24 victory over Tampa Bay.

Weems is also the team’s top tackler on special teams with 11.

“We are only out there for one snap,” Weems said. “For that one snap, you have to give it all that you’ve got.”

The previous club record of 100 yards was held by Darrick Vaughn (2000), Deion Sanders (1991), and Dennis Pearson (1978). The last time the Falcons had a kickoff return for a touchdown was December 15, 2002 when Allen Rossum ran a kick back 91 yards for a score against Seattle. Additionally, Weems ranks second in the NFL in kickoff returns with a 28.1 yards per return average.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Bethune-Cookman, Weems is having one of the best seasons of his career as he is on pace for a career-high 1,313 return yards.

Weems is the fourth Falcon to earn player of the week honors this season and he joins  kicker Matt Bryant as the second Falcon to take special teams player of the week honors, with Bryant winning the award with game-winning field goals in Week 4 and Week 12.

Wide receiver Roddy White believes Weems could be getting some consideration for the Pro Bowl as the top special teams player in the NFC.

“Yes, he should be the first special teams player to be in the Pro Bowl, right now,” White said. “He’s done a terrific job of just going down there and making plays. Last week he made a real big play with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter to help us out. It was really the momentum changer in the game that gave us that spark that we needed to win down the stretch. Yes he should be the first special team player on the Pro Bowl ballot.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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48 comments Add your comment

Sgt. Pepper

December 8th, 2010
2:18 pm

Good for him, he deserves it.

season ticket holder

December 8th, 2010
2:19 pm

Good for Weems and our special teams

dean

December 8th, 2010
2:19 pm

1911A1

December 8th, 2010
2:19 pm

Well-deserved!

And I don’t give a flip what “number” I am, lol.

charles

December 8th, 2010
2:27 pm

hOW ABOUT FIRST

Birderus Rex

December 8th, 2010
2:27 pm

Didn’t know that a founder was a Falcons fan.

Reality Check

December 8th, 2010
2:55 pm

JB FALCON

December 8th, 2010
2:56 pm

Way to go Weems. That, coupled with Grimes getting NFC South High Energy Player of the Week, and we got some darn good players on this year’s crop.

The Real Falcon

December 8th, 2010
2:59 pm

How ’bout them Falcons!
This is what we’ve always wanted.

Falcon James

December 8th, 2010
3:00 pm

Congratulations Mr. Weems. You and Bryant are in a class all by yourself and have kept us in the games. You deserves it!!.

PS: Good to see Mr. White have something good to say. Now keep you mouth shut on the football field and just play.

Hollywould

December 8th, 2010
3:10 pm

great job eric!!!

joewhite

December 8th, 2010
3:18 pm

Way to go weems need more of that, GO Falcons and lets punish those panthers sunday with a total blowout

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falcfvr

December 8th, 2010
3:54 pm

Falcon James — Give it a rest. Roddy backs it up. Its about time we had a legit bad$ss @ wide out. This kid walks the walk and talks the talk. Just saying.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

December 8th, 2010
4:32 pm

CONGRATULATIONS to Eric Weems. This is a well deserved honor. Now Falcons fans go to the NFL website and get to voting soon for the pro-bowl selections. GO FALCONS!!!!!

FrontRow

December 8th, 2010
4:33 pm

D’led does Finneran get an assist? His lead blocking was off the chart!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 8th, 2010
5:07 pm

FrontRow — Finneran, Corey Peters and Gartrell Johnson III all get assists. That was some tenacious blocking.

SawThat1nce

December 8th, 2010
5:47 pm

That KO return was a team production, starring Eric Weems.
It was a beautiful thing, spectacular, all of those cuts and blocking and no flags, wonderful.
I have replayed it on the DVR about 30 times.

SawThat1nce

December 8th, 2010
5:49 pm

Falcon James@3:00……I don’t understand your comments about R. White.
What in the heck are you talking about?

Paddy O

December 8th, 2010
7:21 pm

Roddy is running his mouth too much the last 2 games – drawing personal fouls, after the words degenerated into physical confrontations. Mr. White is too good to bother with this junk.

Greg

December 8th, 2010
7:53 pm

Tremendous player. Gives 120% on every play. I’d love to see him more at WR, though I understand the slot is crowded.

pritdapit

December 8th, 2010
8:11 pm

WTG Weems! but i still ike harry at slot. Looks like hes getting back into it now too.

Tell me

December 8th, 2010
9:43 pm

Whats the lastest on Michael V i C K

Sid

December 8th, 2010
10:05 pm

Congrats Weemie!! You and Grimes play 10 feet tall.

Skip Bayless is a troll, lookin’ for publicity by baiting the Falcons players. I wish Roddy would keep his mouth shut, he is starting to remind me of T.O.

Sid

December 8th, 2010
10:07 pm

Jesus F’in Christ D Led, what is the deal with the mute button……………….?

Sid

December 8th, 2010
10:09 pm

D’Led, you can’t be serious man………………

Sid

December 8th, 2010
10:11 pm

D ‘Led, you are a dark void surroundd by a sphinxter muscle

SawThat1nce

December 9th, 2010
12:11 am

The penalty against R. White for a personal foul Sunday, was total BS.

SawThat1nce

December 9th, 2010
12:17 am

On two different plays earlier in the game, Buccaneer players had hit White during a jawing session, after the play was over, with both hands and a lot harder than White hit the Buc’s player. There were no penalties called agains the Bucs. White barely tapped the Tampa player.

SawThat1nce

December 9th, 2010
12:22 am

When you are playing against one of the historically dirtiest, cheap shot defenses in the history of the NFL, I guess you are suppose to just let them abuse you the entire game.

kaminari

December 9th, 2010
12:36 am

And it seems like Weems is always the first guy down the field on the kickoffs. This dude is awesome. It would be cool to see him get a few snaps at WR now and then. He’s a playmaker.

tjhook

December 9th, 2010
3:30 am

I enjoy Weems’ effort; he’s a grinder and takes pride in his work. That said, I’d like to see the Falcons pursue wr/kr/pr Eddie Royal of the Denver Broncos. He’s a more explosive athlete who has been underutilized by Denver. 91 catches as rookie – abused DeAngelo Hall in rookie debut. Not targeted in McDaniels’ offense. He’s available if we dangle a young player from defense.

J-Man

December 9th, 2010
3:34 am

Just wish Madden would give Weems more respect. He has an 89 speed and is 63 overall

jay wright

December 9th, 2010
4:38 am

My girl has a crush on ya Weems. LOL. Good job man.

Captain Falcon

December 9th, 2010
6:32 am

Amen Falcon James on Roddy White.

Weems congrats Mr. T.I. lookalike, lol!

Old White Man

December 9th, 2010
7:20 am

I was watching and I was thinking we are going down. How the hell can we win behind 10 points with 10 minutes to go? And then Weems and Grimes showed up. Totally awesome …

SawThat1nce

December 9th, 2010
7:21 am

It would be amusing to see these guys get up in R. White’s face, live, person to person, instead of on a keyboard, and then tell Roddy White, to keep his mouth shut.
He has a right to run his mouth all that he wants to.

SawThat1nce

December 9th, 2010
7:26 am

But I do agree that he should not carry it to the point of drawing a penalty. He is too good for that.
It looks like the the zebras are looking for him to commit that penalty, judging from the Tampa game.

TARUS

December 9th, 2010
7:51 am

WILL EVERYONE GET OFF RODNEY WHITE CASE, HE IS A GOOD FOOTBALL PLAYER AND CAN CATCH THE DARN BALL WHEN IT’S THROWED HIS WAY – THIS IS FOR ALL YOU PLAYER HATERS!!

Sid

December 9th, 2010
7:55 am

Look …………..it’s obvious that the defense is goading Roddy, knowing he isn’t going to ignore the trash talk…….

Roddy shoud be smart enough to let his play answer their taunts……….

D. Orlando Ledbetter

December 9th, 2010
9:11 am

Sid — What are you talking about?

truth

December 9th, 2010
9:15 am

Congrats Weems. And yes Roddy needs to stop the personal foul crap, he’s to good to be acting like DHall. It’s stupid and makes him look childish.

truth

December 9th, 2010
9:16 am

I don’t mind trash talking but drawing a 15 yrd personal foul is a drive killer.

SawThat1nce

December 9th, 2010
9:26 am

If R. White is going to draw a penalty, he should make it count, and punch his adversary in the throat.
I would love to see him or anyone else in the NFL knock the cheap shot artist, Ronde Barber out, stone cold.

Wise Oprah

December 9th, 2010
9:29 am

I have it as this:

1. Brett Favre – the only QB I can literally say can get the ball ANYWHERE on the field at any time with pinpoint precision. In his prime almost unsackable, ask the Niners who had him half sacked, only to see him throw it sidearm across his body 30 yard and hit his receiver in stride. The Cowboys literally play a 70 yard prevent against him for entire quarters in the playoffs. Ask the Vikings why when they had Favre at midfield, with Javon walking sprinting across the 5 yard line, Favre then hits Walker BEFORE he crosses the goal line. Truly the most talented QB there ever was. Won almost unanimous MVPs his first three yearsduring the golden age of QBs before it became redundant to give him the award.

2. Dan Marino – Could be #1, the best pure passer the game has ever seen. Like Favre, played in the one man aerial circus system where HE was the ONLY player any good, and made stars out of all the scrub receivers. PINPOINT accuracy to any part of the field within 40 yards, sees all 4 receivers at once instantly, and literally kills you from any hole in your defense within 40 yards that his receivers streak to.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTPFdn9uzj8

Quarterback skill only shows through when the QB is pressured and has to make instant tough decisions and throws. Otherwise watching any old scrub have all day to make easy decisions every play, otherwise autosack himself or throw a disaster EVERY time is boring, anybody can do that.

3. Joe Montana – Could be #1, the most pinpoint accurate, consistent to the point of perfection QB the league has ever seen. By 1991 it was getting to a point where the Niners were robotically throwing to high spots all over the field where the defenses cannot reach, where the windows were supposed to be small, but the receivers just catch it right at the spot like it was routine. It got to a point (and the only time) where the league literally had to step in and break up the Niners. During the playoffs you know what he was going to do, but you can’t stop it, you just took it as Montana took it to another level and rubbed it in your face the levels upon levels of gap ohis superiority has put his opponents behind.

4. Steve Young – When he first came in, was Montana, with the mobility. He had all the tools, the accuracy, ability to track teh receivers, and both on the run. He could scramble, and was pretty much automatic anywhere within 10 yards. Him and Montana threw the best deep ball in the league, made the hail mary play and changed it into a routine play called the bomb, and made it legendary and termed football play into an unheard of “finesse offense”. Best QB rating in the history of the league.

5. Jeff Garcia – Consistent, accurate, smart, never turns the ball over, tough, and has the most heart of anyone. Unsackable and probably the best pure passer on the run. ALWAYS kills the blitz. Probably the clutchest player in history. Takes ANY bottomfeeding team INSTANTLY to the playoffs (had the Niners within a year, had the Browns instantly talking playoffs before he got injured, the Eagles, the Bucs, only the Lions couldn’t win because Garcia spent all his time trying to get them to take home their playbooks). Can come back from almost ANY deficit. Came back from 18 point deficits FOUR games in a row on the Bucs last year, the most incredible thing I’ve seens.

Like Garcia, Elway is smart, consistently accurate, has heart, throws an accurate deep ball, maybe stronger than Garcia, can somewhat throw on the run, but Garcia is IMPECCABLY accurate, throws that deep ball with the Montana-like touch, constantly threads the ball between three defenders or drops it pinpoint into three layers of defense. Probably the most accurate deadly thrower on the run, only Favre compares here. NOBODY has more heart than Garcia, and Garcia definitely has more heart than Elway. Garcia handles the blitz better than Elway and anybody, he ALWAYS beats it, and can come back from ANY deficit, clutch play after clutch play all the way to the end in perfection. Garcia is more clutch that Elway, in fact, nobody is more clutch than Garcia. Garcia when he went to the Eagles won EVERY single game all the way to the playoffs (every game was an elimination game) and should have beat the Saints, the most clutchest play ever got called back that would have put them in the tying FG and the winning TD position. And just last year came back from almost 18 point deficits 4 games in a row to put the Bucs in comfortable playoff position. Elway does well when the game is somewhat in hand, but is not good enough to come back from any deficit in superhuman fashion. Both are tough as nails. Garcia throws the least INTs in the league compare to attempts, impressive considering he is ALWAYS under a pass rush. Another area he is better than Elway.

Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett-Real American Heroes

December 9th, 2010
9:30 am

Do you really believe this?
I won’t list my to 5 ever, but how about this?
My Top 10 QB’s of the passing era, 1980-present.
1-Peyton Manning
2-Dan Marino
3-Joe Montana
4-Brett Favre
5-John Elway
6-Tom Brady
7-Steve Young
8-Dan Fouts
9-Kurt Warner
10-Drew Brees

alanfalcon

December 9th, 2010
10:01 am

Glad to see Eric recognized, he has been flying under the radar with the fans but not his teamates.

chipontheroad birdsrus

December 9th, 2010
10:18 am

now that he got a taste weems is gonna be wanting more he is a team player and the birds are a team love it