My 2019 NFL Awards

The NFL honours award show takes place tonight, a show where some of the league’s best players will be rewarded for both their play on the field and their actions off it. In this piece, I say who I think should win some of the prestigious awards that will be given out this evening

Defensive Rookie of the Year- Nick Bosa, Edge, San Francisco 49ers

Joey Bosa has been a star pass rusher for the Los Angeles Chargers for four years now, but his play has been outshined by his brother, Nick this year. The second overall pick helped transform the 49ers defence into the most intimidating unit in the league. Clocking up nine sacks in 14 regular season starts, Bosa has become the star player on the defensive side of the ball in San Francisco and has proven himself as one of the most effective pass rushers in the NFL.

Runner up: Josh Allen, Edge, Jacksonville Jaguars

Offensive Rookie of the Year– Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

Raiders fans were not happy when Mike Mayock used a first-round pick on a running back. However, Josh Jacobs looks like he could become one of the best carriers of the football in the league. He rushed for 1150 yards and surpassed 100 yards in five games and helped the Silver and Black exceed expectations by winning seven games.

Runner up: Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Comeback Player of the Year- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans

Ryan Tannehill was released by the Miami Dolphins at the end of last season after being their starting quarterback for six years and it seemed he would spend the rest of his NFL career as a back-up. Indeed, that’s what the Tennessee Titans signed him to be. But when head coach, Mike Vrabel decided to bench starter, Marcus Mariota, Tannehill came in and the Titans never looked back. The Texas A&M product lead the Titans in a late season playoff push, throwing 22 touchdown passes along the way. He then beat Tom Brady in Foxborough and Lamar Jackson in Baltimore in the postseason, and reached the AFC Championship game.

Runner up: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers

Offensive Player of the Year (Non-Quarterback)- Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

Michael Thomas had already proven himself as one of the league’s top receivers before the season started. However, by the end of the season he had played his name into the record book. The former second-round pick made history by breaking Marvin Harrison’s long standing record for most receptions in a single season, catching the ball a ridiculous 149 times. 1725 receiving yards was also enough for him to lead the league, as he finished with over 300 more yards than second placed Julio Jones. Thomas has only been in the league for four years now, but he’s already working his way towards legendary status.

Runner up: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers

Coach of the Year– Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers

It’s crazy to think that in 2018, the 49ers went 4-12 and held the second overall pick in the draft. Fast forward just a year and they are in the Superbowl having finished as the number 1 seed in the NFC with a 13-3 record. Young head coach, Kyle Shanahan has been the mastermind behind this turnaround, proving himself as one of the most intelligent and creative play callers in the league.  

Runner up: Mike Vrabel, Tennessee Titans

Defensive Player of the Year- Stephon Gilmore, CB, New England Patriots

The New England Patriots started the year with one of the most dominant defences I’d ever seen. In the first five games they only conceded two touchdowns as a unit and forced 12 turnovers. Stephon Gilmore was the glue that held that defence together. The best cornerback in the NFL locked down some of the league’s best receivers throughout the year en-route to the third Pro Bowl of his career.

Runner up: Nick Bosa, Edge, San Francisco 49ers

MVP- Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens

At the start of the season, many people, including me, doubted that Lamar Jackson was really the answer for the Ravens. His skillset seemed so far from what we’ve come to expect from the quarterback position. He didn’t have a great arm and wasn’t all that accurate. However, the Louisville product turned that narrative around by leading his team to an impressive 14-2 record, humiliating respectable teams in the process. His speed and athleticism left respectable defences in knots as he marched his way to the number one seed in the AFC. Despite falling at the first hurdle in the playoffs, Ravens fans will be excited for what is still to come from their young quarterback

Runner up: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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