The NFL Season begins in less than two weeks. Many people love to have preseason predictions of who could win the NFL MVP in the 2017 season. Here are my top five candidates:
5. Drew Brees, quarterback: The Saints are due to make the playoffs after missing it the past two season. Brees will have a better running game in 2017 which will allow him to have more success as a passer. Trading Brandin Cooks in the offseason will actually help the Saints offense. Michael Thomas and Willie Snead are valuable one-two receivers for him. Coby Fleener is an underrated tight end. Brees threw for 5,208 yards last season and had 37 passing touchdowns and threw 15 interceptions. All Brees does is rack up yardage and passing touchdowns. If he leads them to the NFC South title, Brees should be a serious consideration for MVP knowing how bad the Saints defense could be.
4. Eli Manning, quarterback: This is probably the most help Eli Manning has had on offense throughout his career (Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard at receiver and Evan Engram at tight end). The Giants lack of running game might help his case for MVP if he can play at an elite level. Manning threw for 4,027 yards and 26 touchdowns last season along with 16 interceptions. If the offensive line can give Manning time to throw the ball, he can throw for 4,500-5,000 yards and maybe 35-40 touchdowns.
3. David Johnson, running back: David Johnson had a ridiculous year in 2016 and he hopes to repeat his success in 2017. If the Cardinals want to get back to the playoffs, they are going to have to rely on him. If Johnson gets injured, they will be in major trouble. He is the nucleus of the Arizona Cardinals. Johnson was snubbed last year for the offensive player of the year award. Johnson rushed for 1,239 yards on 293 carries and scored 16 touchdowns. He caught 80 passes for 879 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, in 2016.
2. Aaron Rodgers, quarterback: Aaron Rodgers will always be mentioned as an MVP candidate year in and out because the Packers defense is horrendous and Rodgers makes his players better. He also has a sick touchdown to interception ratio. Rodgers threw for 4,428 yards and 40 touchdowns last season and only threw 7 interceptions. He will most likely repeat that success this season.
1. Marcus Mariota, quarterback: Marcus Mariota is going to surprise a lot of people this season. He made strides last season in how to be a leader and become a better quarterback. Mariota makes smart decisions with the football, especially in the red zone. He threw for 3,426 yards last season. Mariota had 26 passing touchdowns and only 9 interceptions. He also rushed for 349 yards on 60 carries and two touchdowns last season. The Titans are a run first football team, but Mariota has more weapons in the passing game this season (Corey Davis, Eric Decker, Rishard Matthews, Taywan Taylor, and Delanie Walker). He is ready to lead them to the AFC South crown this season and possibly something bigger.