ACCOLADES FOR TURK

Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff, who used to coach with the Dolphins, this week called Matt Turk one of the best punters of all time.<P>Last weekend, Turk was the best in the AFC.<P>

Turk was honored on Wednesday as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the 30-10 victory over the New England Patriots.

Turk averaged 40.8 net yards against the Patriots, and three of his punts were downed inside the 10-yard line, two landing inside the 5.

One of his punts was muffed by Pats returner Troy Brown, and Terry Cousin recovered to set up a Dolphins field goal. Another one was downed inside the 5 by Scott McGarrahan, and a few plays later Jason Taylor recovered a New England fumble for a touchdown.

"It's an award that's a punt team award," Turk said. "It can't be gotten without good deep snappers and good coverage teams."

But there is no denying Turk's performance. He has had a great season so far, looking more like the three-time Pro Bowl selection he was with Washington.

As for Westhoff's comment, Turks' reaction was: "Wow. That's a wonderful compliment."

This was the third time Turk was honored as Special Teams Player of the Week in the regular season. He also was honored as NFL Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the Dolphins' 23-17 overtime victory over the Colts last season.

The last time a Dolphins punter had been honored in the regular season was in 1993 when Dale Hatcher was recognized for his work in a Week 12 game against New England.


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