If you blinked, the first quarter of the NFL season has come and gone. Nothing is set in stone after four weeks, but there are some player who are leading their respective teams ahead of the pack.
A lot of these players are young, but very talented, which is a good thing for the future of the NFL.
Patrick Mahomes – Quarterback – Kansas City Chiefs
Is there really another option for MPV at this point in the season? Sure, there are other options, but none stand above the rest as Patrick Mahomes does. Through the first four games, Mahomes has thrown for 1,200 yards, 14 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He put up six touchdowns in a Week two matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mahomes, and the Chiefs (4-0) are benefitting greatly from sitting his rookie season and learning from Alex Smith. This guy can do it all and has a rocket launcher for an arm.
Defensive Player of the Year
Khalil Mack – Linebacker – Chicago Bears
If you are still confused as to why the Oakland Raiders willingly traded away a great defensive player in the prime of his career, you are not alone. Khalil Mack has proven to be worth every penny the Bears gave him with his contract extension. Through the first four games, Mack has five sacks, four forced fumbles and a pick-six. He recorded one of each in the first half of the first game of the season against the rival Green Bay Packers. To put that into perspective, the Raiders rank tied for last in the league with five sacks, as a team. Mack has led the Bears to the fourth best in total defense (294.5 yards per game) and the second-best run stopping team in the league (64.8 rushing yards per game).
Coach of the Year
Mike Vrabel – Tennessee Titans
The Titans are off to a 3-1 start and realistically, they very well could be 0-4. However, that is not the case. After losing the season opener, in a seven-hour, multiple time weather delay game against the Miami Dolphins, Tennessee has rattled off three consecutive wins. Of those three wins, the Titans are coming victories over the Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively, in the past two weeks. Mike Vrabel, a rookie head coach, is doing what he has to in order to keep this tem fighting. On top of the 3-1 start, Marcus Mariota has been dealing with an elbow injury.
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Denzel Ward – Cornerback – Cleveland Browns
The fourth overall pick in this year’s draft is showing why he was such a high pick for the Browns. In his debut game, Ward picked off future Hall of Famer, Ben Roethlisberger, twice. His two picks rank tied for second in the NFL. He has 20 tackles to go with the interceptions. Ward is already the best secondary player the Browns have, so quarterbacks are shying away from throwing his way, which is quite the compliment for a rookie.
Offensive Rookie of the Year
Calvin Ridley – Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons
The past three weeks, Calvin Ridley has put on a show for the Falcons, despite dropping the past two games. In those three games, Ridley has 15 receptions for 264 yards and six touchdowns. That’s not bad after not seeing a single target in the opening night game against Philadelphia. He has been a favorite target of Matt Ryan, especially in the red zone. He is the perfect counterpart to Julio Jones, who often times gets double teamed, which Ridley will benefit greatly from single coverage.
Offensive Player of the Year
Alvin Kamara – Running Back – New Orleans Saints
You can realistically pick one of three options from the Saints offense to win this award, but through the first four weeks, it is Alvin Kamara. Benefitting from the four-game suspension of fellow back Mark Ingram, Kamara has racked up 91 touches thus far. He’s rushed 56 times for 275 yards and five touchdowns and also has 35 receptions (41 targets) for 336 yards and another touchdown. The dual-threat back is one of the most explosive and dynamic players in the game today. If you chose quarterback Drew Brees or wide receiver Michael Thomas, you wouldn’t be wrong, as that tandem is arguably the most lethal in all of football.