Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Zech McPhearson was recognized by the NFL this week for his strong performance in his team’s win against the Detroit Lions in week one.

McPhearson, who is in his second season in the NFL, was named the NFC special teams player of the week on Wednesday.

The former Texas Tech standout, who was a fourth-round selection by the Eagles in the 2021 NFL Draft, made one of the biggest plays of the day in Philly’s 38-35 win against the Lions.

Late in the third quarter, with the Eagles leading 31-21, Detroit tried an onside kick — a bit of surprise given how much game there was left to play.

McPhearson, however, was able to secure the onside kick for Philadelphia.

The Eagles didn’t waste the good field position that the onside kick provided. Philly went down the field and scored their final touchdown of the day on a Boston Scott touchdown run.

McPhearson also made a pair of tackles on special teams.

Special teams play is an often overlooked aspect of a football team. But it can be the difference between a win or a loss. And if McPhearson doesn’t secure that onside kick in the third quarter, there’s a good chance the outcome of the game isn’t the same.

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