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Dwayne Harris nabs NFC special teamer of the week

By: Josh Alper, NBC Sports

 

The Giants raised some eyebrows during the offseason when they signed wide receiver/kick returner Dwayne Harris to a five-year, $17 million contract as a free agent, but he showed why the team was willing to make a big commitment to him against his former team last Sunday.

After the Cowboys tied the game at 20 in the fourth quarter on a Devin Street touchdown catch, Harris took the ensuing kickoff 100 yards through the Dallas kick coverage unit for a touchdown. It would prove to be the winning score in a 27-20 Giants victory and set Harris up to be named the NFC special teams player of the week on Wednesday.

It’s the first time that a player has returned a kickoff for a touchdown against the team he played for in the previous season. It’s also the fourth time that Harris has been given the weekly award for special teams play.

The Cowboys’ special teams didn’t just let them down on Harris’s return. Punt returner Cole Beasley muffed a punt with less than two minutes to play and the Giants recovered to wipe out a last-ditch comeback attempt. Harris handled the punt returns in Dallas for the last four seasons, which made his departure doubly painful in Week Seven.

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