NFL midseason awards – MVP, Rookie of the year, etc.
By Keith Myers
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Offensive Player of the Year
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta’s star receiver is on pace for 1940 yards this season. Julio leads the NFL is both yards and big plays as a receiver.
Interestingly, he’s managed to do both of those things despite having fewer targets than other top receivers. Jones is the league’s most productive receiver, even though he’s 11th in the league in targets.
Jones is clearly the focus of defensive game plans each and every week. That opens up opportunities for his teammates. That’s great, but he’s been much more than just a decoy. He’s having on pace to have the 2nd-most receiving yards all-time in a single season.
Others deserving votes: Melvin Gordon, David Johnson