Cleveland Browns: Who will be team MVP, Rookie of the Year in 2019?
Looking ahead into this season, the Cleveland Browns are full of hype and excitement. The hype is here, let’s talk team MVPs, most improved players, and Rookie of the Year.
The Cleveland Browns have added a lot of talent all over the field which makes it interesting to try and decide who will be the 2019 Team MVP. Let’s check out who could end up being the most important player on the team this year, while also looking at other potential award winners.
Team MVP: Nick Chubb
Before you get mad at me for not choosing Baker Mayfield or Odell Beckham, Jr., understand that Nick Chubb opened the passing game up last year for Baker. Chubb was close to the century mark rushing and graded as the top RB for PFF. Nick Chubb will carry the load and be the dominant back until Kareem Hunt comes back and they will split carries the second half of the season. Duke will probably be traded and at this point just make it clear what is going to be done with the guy. Either trade him or tell him to button up and strap in for the season.
Back to offensive MVP. Sure Baker, OBJ, or even maybe Landry could make a run for the team MVP on offense, but I think Chubb will be a 1500+ rusher this year and will open the offense up for Baker to be able to fire away all over the field. Obviously, this is all assuming the team stays healthy and the new starter at right guard is half as good as Zeitler was.
Honorable Mentions No. 1: Baker Mayfield
The man is a god in Cleveland and the team didn’t even have a winning record last year. Nothing more needs to be said but here we go. In my opinion, if Chubb doesn’t get it, then Baker will. Mayfield is already ranked 3rd in possible NFL MVP candidates according to NFL.com and he now has a top three talent at wide receiver to throw to. This offense is supercharged and should be feared by all in the NFL.
Honorable Mentions No. 2: Odell Beckham Jr.
New team, new colors, new friends, and all the hype in the world. None of that matters though if you ask the Browns beat writers because he wasn’t at voluntary OTAs. This man will have an incredible year — if he stays healthy. Mayfield has made it known, it doesn’t matter who is running routes, get open and you’ll have your chance to make catches. His career will be starting it’s take off this year. Expect over 1,000 yards and at least eight touchdowns this year.
This three-headed monster of Mayfield, Chubb, and Beckham could put up some Madden-like numbers this year if the league sleeps on them too long.