AFC East High Energy Player of the Week

December, 14, 2010
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 14.

That's right, a punter.

Readers voted Miami Dolphins punter Brandon Fields the High Energy Player of the Week, and the honor is warranted.

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AP Photo/Dick DruckmanMiami punter Brandon Fields played a key role in the Dolphins' victory over the Jets on Sunday.
Fields was that brilliant in Sunday's 10-6 victory over the New York Jets at the Meadowlands.

He single-footedly won the field-position battle, a factor that was critical given the dreadfulness of each offense.

Fields averaged 56.4 yards on his 10 punts, the longest average in a game with at least 10 punts since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. He had no touchbacks, but only one of his punts landed inside the 20-yard line, underscoring how deep in Miami territory he launched from.

ESPN Stats & Information noted the maximum distance Fields could have traveled based on the line of scrimmage for each punt was 821 yards. He got 69 percent of that.

"He flipped field position maybe three times where they could've gotten the ball maybe on the 50-yard line," Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said, "and the next thing you know the ball is down in the 30-yard line area."

Miami capitalized on Fields' leg by covering like demons, especially Reshad Jones and Jonathon Amaya. Even with Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi's scandalous trip of Dolphins gunner Nolan Carroll, the Jets averaged a modest 7.6 yards on punt returns.

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