B/R Early Season 40 Award Watch

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Bears- Khalil Mack DPOY: One of the most feared pass rushing linebackers in the league will frustrate defense all season. Look for Mack to be near top of the charts in sacks at season end.

Bengals- Germaine Pratt ROTY: Pratt who slipped by to the 3rd round impressed with his instincts to earn the starting job as the middle linebacker. While he is a liability in coverage his speed can make up for some mistakes and the Bengals who are blitz heavy will use his speed to generate pass rush up the middle

Bills- Eric Berry CBPOY: Eric Berry who has struggled staying healthy finds himself in the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills. With limited production most recently eyes will be on the 30 year old strong safety as he shares the deep halves with talented Micah Hyde.

Broncos- Von Miller DPOY: News Flash you are going to need to double team Von Miller if you want to stand a chance to throw the football. With 2 sacks in week 1 he is primed to continue his impressive string of 10+ sacks in all but one season in his career.

Browns- Baker Mayfield OPOY: With no competition behind Baker he is the clear cut starter for a young but extremely talented Cleveland team. An emerging superstar in the league came out of the gates a little slow in week 1 but expect him to turn it around as the season goes on.

Buccaneers- Mike Evans OPOY: Entering his sixth season of his career it is hard to believe he is still only 26 years old. The star receiver has gone for over 1,000 yards since he was drafted out of Texas A&M and as the clear top receiver on his team should easily hit that number once again.

Cardinals- Kyler Murray ROY: Arizona has spent back to back 1st round picks on quarterbacks but believe they have found the answer with the 22 year old quarterback out of Oklahoma. Week 1 he put together a perfect passing rating and threw for 3 TDs and this could be his award to lose.

Chargers- Melvin Gordon III OPOY: Melvin Gordon has become an x-factor out of the backfield and was productive in week 1 scoring 2 touchdowns. The Chargers will have to make a decision if they want to extend Gordon who is in a contract year with a capable halfback in Austin Ekeler waiting in the wings.

Chiefs- Patrick Mahomes MVP: Mahomes showed he had a Bazooka last season when he was finally given the starting QB nod and took the league by storm. Week 1 he threw for 5 touchdowns but made a few mistakes that need to be cleaned up if he wants to snag the MVP.

Colts- Ryan Shazier CBPOY: The Colts identified the weakness in the line backing core and went after the former Ohio State linebacker Shazier from the Steelers. After not playing last season he is losing at making a historic comeback in a contract year in Indy.

Cowboys- Ezekiel Elliott MVP: When Elliott gets in the open field there is not a running back in the league with the rare combination of speed and power that is not easy to get down. With a talented offensive line still in front of him he could run his way to MVP honors in the NFC East.

Dolphins- Kareem Hunt CBPOY: The most talented player on the roster is without a doubt Hunt as he is now on his third team in a year. With all the skill in the world if he can come back from a shoulder tear around week 7 he could be a serious contender to win comeback player of the year.

Eagles- Zach Ertz OPOY: Coming off a career year last season he has become a X-Factor that teams routinely have to roll coverage towards. With 80 yards and a touchdown look for him to put together another probowl campaign and a potential All-Pro selection.

Falcons- Julio Jones MVP: Can this be the year that Julio Jones can find the end zone. With only one double digit TD season in his career his reputation around the league is if you don’t double team him he will punish you.

49ers- Nick Bosa ROY: After injuries shortened his collegiate career his draft stock stayed strong as he was drafted 2nd overall. One of the best pass rushing talents to come into the league since his brother he started off strong with a sack in his first game.

Giants- Saquon Barkley MVP: While many expected the Giants to go after the quarterback of the future last year in the draft they hit a homerun with talented halfback Saquon Barkley out of Penn State. If he builds on his rookie of the year performance from last season he could carry the Giants into an improbable playoff run.

Jaguars- Leonard Fournette CBPOY: Last season was cut short due to a multitude of injuries. His rookie season he surpassed 1,000 yards and had double digit touchdowns and for an offense that is void of play makers he will be relied on heavily.

Jets- Le’Veon Bell OPOY: After sitting out last season he could easily be considered for the comeback player of the year award as well. With a veteran offensive line in front of him in New York he will want to prove the doubters wrong that his play in Pittsburgh was not due to being part of the system.

Lions- T.J. Hockenson ROY: Complete package from the tight end position he will look to bring his success from Iowa to Detroit as a rookie. His first game of the season he saw his number called upon quite a bit as he had 4 catches and 67 yards.

Packers- Aaron Rodgers MVP: Its not much of a gamble to believe that Aaron Rodgers could put together an MVP type season. He has now gone a decade without a double digit interception season and if he can hold onto the ball and take the Packers to the playoffs he will be in the spotlight.

Panthers- Luke Kuechly DPOY: One of the hardest hitting players in the league is a force to be reckon with as he pulls into his prime at 28 years old. The Panthers will put up points which will allow Kuechly to play aggressive against the pass when they have the lead.

Patriots- Tom Brady OPOY: Could this be the last we see of the greatest quarterback of all time? In his 19th season and having turned 42 years old he continues to surpass father time. With Gronkowski retired look for him to look at rookie N’Keal Harry early and often.

Raiders- Antonio Brown MVP: Brown joins a new team this season and continued to rack up targets in his first game with 6 catches. While he can be a diva at times in the locker room the production continues to prove he is unguardable.

Rams- Aaron Donald DPOY: Donald is coming off a 20 sack season and can get after the quarterback from both the inside and from the end. Donald is in a division with some fast quarterbacks and his ability to run down the quarterback is second to none.

Ravens- Earl Thomas DPOY: While much will be said about the unique offensive skillset in Baltimore the captain that is most important to their success is the ball hawk Earl Thomas. In his first season outside of Seattle and coming off a broken leg he wants to prove he has not lost a step.

Redskins- Dwayne Haskins JR ROY: The Ohio State quarterback has beat out veteran Alex Smith and will be the quarterback in Washington this season. He hit growing pains in his first start throwing 3 interceptions and completing less than half his throws but looks to be the quarterback of the future.

Saints- Alvin Kamara OPOY: While he got shutdown in week 1 the ability of Kamara both in and outside the backfield is elite. Kamara is known as the Satellite as he has the range to get anything thrown in his direction.

Seahawks- D.K. Metcalf ROY: While he was a combine warrior the slip to the last pick of the 2nd round was due to his lack of experience running a multitude of routes. Replacing Doug Baldwin who retired he went for 131 yards and 2 touchdowns in his first game.

Steelers- Devin Bush ROY: Devin was brought in to replace the hole at the MLB position when the Steelers used the 10th pick in the draft on the speedster from Michigan. With Shazier gone he has a chance to prove himself as he lines up next to the talented T.J. Watt.

Texans- DeAndre Hopkins MVP: This offense is going to score a lot of points and if preseason and week 1 is any indication Hopkins will blow past his defenders. Week one he went for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns even with the defense giving him added attention.

Titans- Kevin Byard DPOY: Byard turned into a ball hawk last season with 8 interceptions and has only got better in this offseason. In a division that likes to throw the ball he will get plenty of chances to make his mark.

Vikings- Dalvin Cook OPOY: Cook has shown flashes of brilliance but has had his season cut short too many times. Will the Vikings team has a ton of difference makers the week one performance from Dalvin of 121 rushing yards and 2 Tds did not go unnoticed.