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Folsom native Jake Browning named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

Dec 6, 2023, 12:15 PM

Jake Browning #6 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars duri...

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 04: Jake Browning #6 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the fourth quarter at EverBank Stadium on December 04, 2023 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Courtney Culbreath/Getty Images)

(Photo by Courtney Culbreath/Getty Images)

When Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow went down with an injury, the team turned to backup Jake Browning in hopes of keeping their playoff chances alive.

And while the chances are slim, the Folsom native is doing everything he can to keep those playoff hopes alive. On Monday night, Browning led the Bengals to a 34-31 overtime win over the Jaguars. Now, he’s being recognized for his performance.

On Wednesday, the NFL named Jake Browning the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week. Against Jacksonville, he completed 32 of his 37 passes for 354 yards with one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown. He ended the day with a 115.5 passer rating.

READ MORE FROM SACTOWN SPORTS: 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

At Folsom High School, Jake Browning set multiple records, including when he threw 91 touchdowns in his senior year. By the time he left high school, he recorded 1,708 career pass attempts, 1,191 completions for 16,775 yards, and 229 touchdowns.

Browning signed with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2019. After spending most of his time on the Vikings’ practice squad, he signed with the Bengals in 2021, becoming Burrow’s backup this season.

The AFC also recognized Texans cornerback Derek Stingley and Chargers punter JK Scott as Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively.

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