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Jaguars K Matthew Wright named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

After being named the team’s starting kicker, Matthew Wright earned AFC POTW honors.

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Jaguars kicker Matthew Wright was given AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors earlier this morning for his stellar performance against the Miami Dolphins in London over the weekend.

This comes just a couple of days after Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer officially named him the team’s starting kicker, and just one day after the team let go of long-time Jaguars PK Josh Lambo, a move that would have stunned many prior to the season.

Now, Wright will get a chance to continue to prove himself after connecting on all three of his field goals on Sunday and both of his extra points. Two of his field goals would come from over 50 yards, including a 53-yard game-winning FG at the end of the contest.

Wright’s game-winning kick would snap the team’s 20-game losing streak, netting its first victory in 399 days.

Wright is the 12th player in franchise history to win AFC Special Teams Player of the Week and the first to do so since 2019 (Lambo). He also became the first kicker in franchise history to connect on two-50-plus yard field goals in the fourth quarter of a single game. 

Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence made mention of Wright, who signed with the team’s practice squad on Sept. 27, following the team’s victory on Sunday. According to Lawrence, Wright was a software engineer just a month and a half ago, now making game-winning kicks in the NFL.

“There’s so many things that happened that you never know when that play is going to be, and there was a few of them tonight, and we made those plays when we needed to, and then obviously him making that kick,” said Lawrence.

“I think he was telling me he was like a software engineer like a month and a half ago, and now he snapped our 20-game losing streak and made the game-winner from 52, 53, I don’t know. But just crazy. You can’t even make it up. Proud of him. Just proud of this team.”