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Vikings PR Marcus Sherels Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Marcus Sherels spent much of the offseason surrounded by question marks, specifically those addressing his status with the team. Like Cordarrelle Patterson, he’s a backup at his native position whose main contributions come on special teams. Unlike Patterson, though, Sherels is making an impact in the return game and being rewarded for his winning efforts.

On Monday, Sherels was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Chicago Bears. In the first quarter, he returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown, putting the Vikings up 7-3 at Soldier Field in a game Minnesota needed to win. Sherels also returned a punt 12 yards on the Vikings’ game-winning drive and led the team with two special teams tackles.

Among all punt returners, Sherels is currently ranked fifth in the NFL. He’s returned 18 punts for 207, averaging 11.5 yards per return with a long of 65 yards. Against the Bears, Sherels averaged 25.7 yards on three returns, elevating his game when the Vikings needed him most.

According to the Vikings’ official website, Sherels is the franchise’s record-holder with three punt return touchdowns in just five seasons, putting him ahead of former Vikings like Mewelde Moore and David Palmer (two TDs each).

He is also the team’s first ever punt returner to be named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Sherels joins three other Vikings who have also received the honor:

  • Blair Walsh — vs. Jacksonville, St. Louis, Green Bay (12), vs. Green Bay (13)
  • Cordarrelle Patterson — vs. Green Bay (13)
  • Adam Thielen — vs. Carolina (14)


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Austin Belisle

Austin Belisle is the West Coast's biggest Vikings fan, a football diehard cheering on the purple and yellow from sunny California. After graduating from San Jose State University in 2014, he began working full-time in corporate marketing and blogging on various sports websites. Austin's passion for the Vikings led him to Vikings Territory, where he hopes to share his lifelong enthusiasm for the team with readers on a daily basis. You can follow him on Twitter @austincbelisle

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  1. good job! maybe we would’ve scored a TD on that possession, anyways, but if we hadn’t, we very well might have lost that game. we’re not the no. one dominant team in the nfl right now, so we need contributions from all phases to win

    returners are often looked at as a waste of a roster spot, but it’s rare that a team has a guy that’s a star on offense or defense and returns kicks or punts. i love diggs, but sherels and walsh won this game for us as much as diggs did

    watching the chokers gag sunday night was good. having our vikes win earlier that day made sunday one of the best football days i’ve had in quite a while. keep it up, vikes