Dwayne Harris sparked the momentum for the Raiders, right from the get-go, in what is the final game in Oakland. Harris returned a 99-yard punt return for a touchdown after forcing the Broncos to punt on their first drive.
Harris was awarded AFC special teams player of the week, after his big performance on Monday night.
Harris set numerous records on his shifty return for six points. His 99-yard touchdown set the franchise record for the longest punt return. Not to mention, it’s also the second-longest in NFL history. His two punt returns on the night totaled 106 yards and accumulated 46 yards off of two kickoff returns.
Harris had one tackle on special teams and two blocks that helped prevent the ball being downed inside Raiders territory. Both of his blocks caused the ball to go into the end zone and result in a touchback, before the defenders could down the ball.
Harris was brought in by Gruden during the last off-season, to be the Raiders return specialist. The eight-year veteran signed a one year deal, worth one million dollar contract. Harris might be a special teams standout but he has also seen reps at wide receiver this season.
The Raiders are the third team Harris has been a part of since he broke into the league in 2011.
Harris is averaging 14 yards per punt return and 22 yards per kick return this season. He’s caught six balls for 40 yards during the limited action he’s seen at wide receiver.
Harris and the Raiders will head to Arrowhead stadium to take on the Kansas City Chiefs for their week 17 matchup.
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