Generally given to the best offensive player of the season, the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year award can be a tough nut to crack. While pure talent is needed to join the conversation for the award, many other unpredictable factors come into play like injuries/missed games and the quality of the team around a player.
As the game of football changes into a more pass-centric one, we’ve seen a new trend emerge for this prestigious award. The award made its debut in 1972 and we’ve seen 50 winners since. Out of those 50 awards: 26 were given to running backs, 20 to quarterbacks, and four to wide receivers. Two of the past three OPOY winners have been wide receivers and so far it seems that wideouts are dominating the OPOY market again this year.
Let’s take a look at how the 2022 Offensive Player of the Year market is shaping up!