It’s late June, and that means it’s prediction time. Today we’re predicting who will win the big regular season awards this year. I’ll go first.
MVP and Offensive Player of the Year: Peyton Manning. Yes, Manning lost Eric Decker. But the Broncos replaced him with Emmanuel Sanders and Cody Latimer. That’s an upgrade. And Manning gets back Ryan Clady, the All-Pro left tackle who missed all but two games last season.
Defensive Player of the Year: Patrick Willis. He could lead the NFL in tackles while NaVorro Bowman is injured.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Jordan Matthews. He’s taking Jason Avant’s old job as the Eagles’ slot receiver. Avant played 800 snaps and received 71 targets last season. Matthews will be a big upgrade over Avant right away.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Jadeveon Clowney. He could finish the season with 20 sacks — he will be playing next to J.J. Watt.
Comeback Player of the Year: Eli Manning. He was dreadful last season. He threw 27 interceptions, by far the most in the league. But the Giants hired a new offensive coordinator — Ben McAdoo. They spent a top-15 pick on a wide receiver — Odell Beckham Jr. And they signed a good running back — Rashad Jennings. Jennings might be the most important addition. Last season, Manning’s passer rating on play-action passes was a miserable 65.1. It 104.9 in 2012 when he had Ahmad Bradshaw.
Coach of the Year: Chip Kelly. The Eagles’ offense will score more points and gain more yards than it did last season despite losing DeSean Jackson. The Eagles will win 13 or 14 games.