Falcons Year-End Superlatives: 2015 Special Teams MVP

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After serving up the most valuable players for the offense and defense, it’s time to take a look at the oft-overlooked special teams.

This pick isn’t quite as easy as it was with the other units, but it’s probably the easiest choice at this position in a number of years.

In previous years there were contenders at kicker and in the return game vying for this honor. Injuries marred the seasons that kicker Matt Bryant and returner Devin Hester had in 2015 and unfortunately their replacements in Shayne Graham and Eric Weems, respectively, either did not play enough or make enough impact plays to be seriously considered here. Thus punter Matt Bosher clearly emerges as the leader. But that should not be interpreted to suggest that Bosher isn’t well deserving of this honor as he put together a strong 2015 campaign.

Bosher finished just a few yards shy of setting a new career high with 47.2 yards averaged per punt and was able to pin the highest percentage of punts (41.4 percent) inside the 20-yard line in his career. He also had a career-high of 52 touchbacks on 76 kickoffs.

The fifth-year punter has emerged as one of the league’s best punters in terms of his ability to kick for distance as well as for accuracy, using the friendly confines of the Georgia Dome to his advantage. His ability to flip and control field position is a big part why special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong has been able to maintain a high level of success over the years.

Not to mention, his toughness and willingness to throw his weight around when it comes to taking down returners that have the audacity to try and score also makes him unique on special teams and deserving of MVP honors.

To hear other people’s picks for many other awards from this past year, you can check out the awards episode of the FalcFans Podcast.

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