Isn’t it a little early to be making MVP calls? It’s never to early to be making calls like that, just ask anyone putting a Fantasy team together!
It certainly isn’t to early for NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison, who compiled a comprehensive list of MVP favorites for each team heading into the 2017 campaign.
For a team like the New England Patriots you could make their MVP call any time of year because, let’s face it, there isn’t really any competition.
And that’s not throwing shade on anyone else on the team. Stars like Edelman, Gronkowski, Stephon Gilmore, and Brandin Cooks will all surely play huge roles in New England this year, and any one of them might be able to get a MVP nod on another team.
But there are two things that will likely keep those names off the MVP list:
Yes, that’s right, we’re really courting controversy with this pick!
The future hall-of-fame quarterback and comeback king is a safe bet for the most-valuable-player tag.
Even at 39-years-old, even in a league deep with amazing quarterback talent, you can’t deny Brady’s greatness. The Atlanta Falcons tried to in the Super Bowl last season, and we know how that turned out.
Brady played 12 games last year, missing the others due to his deflate-gate suspension. He threw for 3554 yards with a 67.4% completion rate, good for 28 touchdowns and 296.2 yards per game.
That makes for a career total of 237 games played, 8224 pass attempts, 5244 completions good for 61,582 total passing yards and 456 touchdowns. Add to that 5 Super Bowl Rings, 4 Super Bowl MVP awards, 2 regular season MVP awards, and a Comeback Player of the Year award, you have yourself a pretty safe bet with the Patriots' gunslinger.
Granted, Brady is better at winning the Super Bowl MVP than the regular season award, but it’s really hard to complain about that.
Source: Elliot Harrison – NFL.com · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS