Falcons’ best candidate to win each ‘NFL Honors’ award for 2022
Most Valuable Player: Kyle Pitts – TE
Comeback Player of the Year: Marcus Mariota – QB
The Atlanta Falcons do not have a player that really sticks out as becoming an MVP. If Kyle Pitts was the same type of player at quarterback or running back then he would have a much better shot at ending up as the league MVP.
But, then again, he was the highest drafted tight end in NFL history, so why can’t he become the first tight end to win Most Valuable Player?
If anyone in the history of the league could do it, it would be Kyle Pitts. He was thought of as the best tight end prospect the NFL had ever seen and he certainly showed why during his rookie year.
His talent gives him as good of a shot as anyone to break the streak of nine straight years where a quarterback wins MVP. Adrian Peterson was the last one in 2012, while the last player that wasn’t QB or RB was Lawrence Taylor in 1986.
It will take a miraculous season but Pitts does have some of the best skills that we have ever seen. Picking Marcus Mariota or Desmond Ridder might have been the most logical choice but the chances are basically as slim.
Comeback Player of the Year will end up in the hands of Marcus Mariota if it indeed does go to a Falcon. It was previously mentioned but one analyst has already predicted that Mariota will have a comeback season and it might be the most likely to happen out of any of these awards.
Marcus Mariota is not coming off an injury like most players who have won this award but Ryan Tannehill was not either. Having Arthur Smith here to lead Mariota could end up with some eerily similar results.
Besides, who else would even be a candidate for the Falcons? Drake London if a major college injury counts? Isaiah Oliver maybe, but being the third corner on your team is not exactly going to land you many headlines. Marcus Mariota is really the only choice here.