Entering Week 17, it was hard to imagine punter Tress Way outperforming himself.
An instrumental part of the team all season, Way had been pinning opponents inside the 20 all season without allowing a single touchback. On Sunday against the Eagles, he continued his magnificent kicking while also helping the Redskins special teams unit execute a trick play, making him this week's KIA MVP of the Game.
As the final game of the season approached, Way was the only punter to not have a single punt end up as a touchback. Through the last 60 minutes of his season, he made sure to uphold that statistic. Punting five times, Way landed two inside the 20-yard line and did not record a single touchback. Finishing the year with over 40 punts inside the 20 and no touchbacks, Way helped Washington continuously win the battle of field position on defense.
If Way's day and season weren't already impressive enough, he decided to show off his arm skills as well. On a fourth-and-2 in the third quarter, Way faked the punt and delivered a strike to wide receiver Jehu Chesson for a gain of seven yards and the fourth down.
"A lot of people have asked me about it and I said I'm pretty good when the defense doesn't know what's coming," Way said. "If I've got the surprise factor working for me that helps. If the defense knew what was coming, like regular quarterbacks, I don't know how it would go."