Eric Weems named NFC special teams player of the month

Atlanta kick returner Eric Weems outruns Tampa Bay's Maurice Stovall on a 102-yard touchdown return in the fourth quarter. Chris O'Meara/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Atlanta kick returner Eric Weems outruns Tampa Bay's Maurice Stovall on a 102-yard touchdown return in the fourth quarter. Chris O'Meara/ASSOCIATED PRESS

FLOWERY BRANCH — Pro Bowl specialist Eric Weems, who averaged 30.9 yards on his kickoff returns in December, was named the NFC special teams player of the month.

He also returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns. In addition to being the team’s returner, Weems is the top special teams tackler on the coverage units with 16 tackles.

Weems posted a franchise record 102-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to spur the Falcons to a 28-24 victory over Tampa Bay on Dec. 5.

Weems had a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown in the season finale against the Carolina Panthers.

Weems is the only player in the NFC to record a punt return and a kickoff return touchdown this season and he is the first player in team history to accomplish that feat.

In December, Weems led the coverage units with five tackles to help the Falcons hold opponents to a league-best average starting position of the 24.3-yard line.

Overall, Weems averaged 27.5 yards per kickoff return, which ranked third in the NFL.

Weems is the third Falcon to earn NFC Player of the Month honors this season. He joins wide receiver Roddy White and quarterback Matt Ryan, who earned NFC player of the month honors for October and November, respectively.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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27 comments Add your comment

Shadowfax419

January 6th, 2011
5:16 pm

Great honor for a great player. He is the essence of our Atlanta Falcons this year. He plays all out…whether it’s returning kicks, or covering on kickoffs. Congrats Eric! Glad you are a Falcon!
RISE UP!!!!!

Me Man

January 6th, 2011
5:17 pm

Billy

January 6th, 2011
5:30 pm

Way to go Weems oh yea first!!!

Earl Austin Jr.

January 6th, 2011
5:36 pm

Way to go Weems,,, need to get that guy in the game more,, he’s a playa

kaminari

January 6th, 2011
5:39 pm

Falcons are blessed to have this guy fill in for Norwood. That injury was really unfortunate, but it opened up a niche for a playmaker to seize his opportunity.

ATL FAN

January 6th, 2011
5:46 pm

SPECIAL WEEMS

Unca' Bob

January 6th, 2011
6:02 pm

D-Led,

There was a lot of Special Weems(great name ATL FAN) and Grimestime bashing early on this season. Seems to me a lot of crow has been eaten by a host of “fans”. Thanks for shining the light on the truth.

Singletary

January 6th, 2011
6:25 pm

That’s Erik Special Weems, to you ;-) I was hoping D-Led would tell us more of the nicknames. I can’t figure one out yet for Grimes. Lofton is The Police? Svitek is Cheese or something odd.

I read on another blog that it was actually Stephanie Blank who okayed Rowdy & The Burners slosh of Arthur Blank. Can someone confirm?

fedup

January 6th, 2011
6:30 pm

CONGRATS TO ERIC AND THE TEAM LETS SHOW THE WORLD WE ARE BETTER THAN WHAT MOST THINK, TAKE ALL THEIR NEGATIVES AND TURN THEM TO POSITIVES AND COME BACK WITH THE BIG WIN FROM DALLAS

fedup

January 6th, 2011
6:32 pm

JUST REMEMBER THEY R INTITLED TO THEIR OPINION AND THAT JUST ALL IT IS THEIR OPINION, THAT DOES’NT MAKE IT RIGHT OR WRONG BE STRONG MY TEAM A FLY HIGHER THAN YOUR DREAMS CAN TAKE YOU

DEE-ROME

January 6th, 2011
6:59 pm

WE RESTED,TESTED AND WE GONNA SMASH ANYBODY COMING IN THAT DOME RISE UP

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 6th, 2011
8:08 pm

Unca’ Bob — I do remember that. No one was sure about Grimes (except my man Bruce Plummer the former scout). You knew Weems was tough. We just didn’t know if could take it to the house. He made two major house calls this season.

gabeaux

January 6th, 2011
8:23 pm

Dled, rewrite your last sentence in your Unca Bob response.

(Got it. Thanks. –dol)

Stevie B

January 6th, 2011
9:13 pm

Both Weems and Grimes came out to play ball this year. Both of these men took a responsiblity that they were given and proved most of us wrong. In my business, we call them “over-achievers” in staff meetings. What ever they get called, lets just be sure they get called back next season.

FrontRow

January 6th, 2011
9:35 pm

D’led I was right there backing Grimes against all the pre-season bashers. I told you all he will make big plays and you will be glad he wasn’t cut.

I even insulted a few people and thanked the powers that be that none of the bloggers worked for the Falcon’s front office.

FrontRow

January 6th, 2011
9:37 pm

Same thing with Weems, JA#98, Jenkins, Finneran, Mularkey, and all of the “goats of the day”.

3 years in, 3 winning seasons. These guys know what they are doing.

RogueRunner

January 6th, 2011
9:42 pm

How bout that. October, November, and December. Let’s rule January and February too!

Rupe in DC

January 7th, 2011
7:18 am

Congrats and thanks to E. Weems for his hard work and contributions.

He’s representing the MEAC and those BCC Wildcats very well!!!

GO FALCONS!!!

Old White Haired Man

January 7th, 2011
7:38 am

Another good Falcon. Congratulations to you and the rest of the NFC South Champions. We are proud of our Atlanta Falcons…

atlnative

January 7th, 2011
8:34 am

The Atlanta Falcons’ G.M. is building the team like the New England Patriots.The players are not well known,not much flash,but good,solid,fundemental football players.

1911A1

January 7th, 2011
8:53 am

A well-earned recognition. The dude’s a baller.

D man

January 7th, 2011
9:18 am

Weeks isn’t pretty either, but he is a heck of a footballer. ;)

Rikus

January 7th, 2011
10:34 am

So much for Weems being a competent, but unexciting return man (as many here claimed a couple months ago). We’ve found some special players this year and last… and it’s guys like Weems, Grimes, Snelling that really make this Falcons team special. It’s not just the “stars” that shine. Way to go, Weems!

falconfanjctn

January 7th, 2011
10:38 am

Is it possible Eric Weems could be used like Jerious Norwood. He can run and catch the ball (like Snelling) and would definitely get to the outside and turn the corner on end around plays and also be used for screens. He would be a real secret weapon in the playoffs other than just on punt returns and kick offs. Just wondering….

tjhook

January 7th, 2011
10:39 am

First, congratulations to Eric Weems for his efforts and accomplishments. I was a fan of Weems as a receiver (preseason) than a return man. I’d still like to see a more explosive returner brought in (ex. Eddie Royal). I like Finneran but he has outlived his usefulness in my opinion- he does not get separation. And DLed reported Grimes was the team’s best athlete but he defies logic sometimes.

Tallcarl

January 7th, 2011
2:09 pm

tjhook you need to rethink you opinions of a few players especially Finner an. He seems to be a clutch third down and touchdown man when the more talented flashy players are covered or fade late in the game.

Falconfan 24-7

January 7th, 2011
5:37 pm

Go Weems Go and congratualtions.