The NFL announced that Indianapolis Colts kick returner Jordan Todman has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week following his opening 99-yard kickoff touchdown return against the Green Bay Packers in his team’s 31-26 victory:
Ever since the team’s primary kick returnman Quan Bray went on injured reserve following Week 6, Todman has assumed the role, returning 7 kickoffs for 276 total kick return yards (39.4 y/rt) and last weekend’s touchdown return.
Nov 6, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Jordan Todman (28) returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown in the first quarter during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Obviously, the opening kickoff touchdown return was a huge momentum boost for the Colts coming out of the gate at Lambeau Field and set the tone for the rest of their upset win:
“The first one, man, it was great blocks,” said Todman on the pivotal play via Colts.com. “I seen a couple guys fall down, and Fergie (Josh Ferguson), Ferg hit me with a nice block, got me released, and I seen some open grass, and it was off to the races after that. I gave everything I got and was to finish, and it was a great feeling.”
However, Todman wasn’t necessarily done on the evening–later returning a kickoff in the 2nd quarter from 6-yards deep in his end zone for 61-yard kickoff return. Setting up the Colts offense close to scoring position at the Green Bay 45-yard line.