Falcons’ best candidate to win each ‘NFL Honors’ award for 2022
Offensive Player of the Year: Cordarrelle Patterson – RB
Defensive Player of the Year: A.J. Terrell – CB
Just to keep things more fun and interesting, we will not pick any player twice, or else the Falcons leading candidate for Offensive Player of the Year would without a doubt be Kyle Pitts.
If Pitts were to win anything it would be OPOY and if he did win MVP, he would also likely be the OPOY, much like how Matt Ryan was both during the 2016 season.
However, if it is not Kyle Pitts, it has to be Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson is a perfect player to win an award like this, he simply does everything.
Running backs has consistently been able to take home this award and when you add Patterson’s receiving ability into the equation, he could make a strong case for OPOY if he has a huge year. Every little statistic that he adds to his resume will only help him and since he is a do-it-all player, he could potentially have elite numbers in every RB and WR statistic.
Pass rushers are always going to be the favorites to win Defensive Player of the Year but this is the Falcons we are talking about so it explains why they have never had a player win this award.
However, Stephon Gilmore won DPOY only three years ago, and to be totally honest, A.J. Terrell had a better season than Gilmore did in 2019. The difference? Gilmore made the playoffs and Terrell didn’t.
If A.J. puts up similar numbers as last year then there are no excuses for him not to be considered for Defensive Player of the Year. You could argue that he should have won it last season even with T.J. Watt tying the season sack record.