Coach John “Bones” Fassel knows how to coach up his special teams players, that’s for sure. And this week was no different as Los Angeles Rams Safety Blake Countess was named as the NFC Special Team Player of the Week.
Playing double duty, Countess (roster preview) scored his second career touchdown off Cory Littleton’s blocked punt that Blake recovered in the end zone. He also stepped in as the Rams’ returner after JoJo Natson broke his hand, averaging 25.5 yards per return — not too shabby! Countess scored his first touchdown in 2017 against the Philadelphia Eagles (also a blocked punt).
In you’re shaky on on the past of 25 year-old Blake Countess, he played his college ball at Michigan and was a sixth-round pick in 2016 by the Philadelphia Eagles and was later cut and picked up by the Rams (practice squad) before the 2016 season began.
Countess is turning out to be a valuable role player for the Rams this season, providing much needed depth in the battered secondary as well as the special teams unit, which has also been plagued by injuries.
Look for Blake to serve at the primary kick returner on Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings.