Just over a month ago, DeAndre Carter edged out a couple of talented receivers for the final wideout spot on Washington's initial 53-man roster because of his ability to contribute on special teams.
This past Sunday, he proved his roster spot was justified, as he opened the second half against Atlanta with a 101-yard kick return touchdown.
And now, just a few days later, the 28-year-old has been named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in Washington's Week 4 win over the Falcons.
In the victory, Carter totaled 152 kick return yards on three attempts. His blazing speed was on full display during his touchdown, as he evaded multiple Falcons tacklers before finding himself all alone as he crossed the plane of the end zone.
Carter's six-pointer was additionally Washington's first kick return touchdown in nearly two years; Steven Sims ran one back 91 yards for a score against the Lions in Week 12 of the 2019 season. Ironically, Sims was also named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week after that game, too.
It hasn't been too long since another Washington player earned the weekly award, though, as punter Tress Way was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week in Week 14 of 2020.
Through four weeks, Carter leads the NFL in kick return yards with 333.