Just as we imagined, the Cardinals 7th round draft pick, LSH won the NFC Special Teams player of the week award for his 1 special teams tackle, his three punts downed inside the 5 yard line, and his 99 yard kick return for a touchdown that swung the momentum back into the Cardinals favor. From Mike Sando:
Cardinals rookie LaRod Stephens-Howling, already basking in Stock Watch glory and NFL.com rookie acclaim, is the NFC's special-teams player of the week.
Players from winning teams tend to win these awards.
Stephens-Howling's performance was enough to transcend the outcome of Arizona's 20-17 defeat at Tennessee. He downed punts at the 5-, 2- and 1-yard lines. He returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.
As a seventh-round draft choice, Stephens-Howling is the type of player personnel analysts love to uncover. That would be Cardinals personnel director Steve Keim taking a bow, assuming he was onboard with the selection.
LSH is also leading the way for the Cardinal of the week award.