The new NFL season is just around the corner and the leading players in the league in their respective positions will be hoping to get off to a fast start.
Here is a look at four men who could shine and finish the regular season at the top of the standings at their position.
Dalvin Cook – Most Rushing Yards
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons. He is proving to be one of the most consistent players in his position in the NFL.
The three-time Pro Bowler was in contention for the most rushing yards title in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Unfortunately for the Vikings players, he has missed games in all three of those seasons, which have cost him the title.
As of the 26th of August, Cook is priced at odds of +900 in the betting with Betway for the most rushing yards this season. If he can keep himself fit and injury-free across the year, this could be the campaign where he finishes ahead of all his rivals in his position, including Derrick Henry who is the favorite to regain his award in 2020.
Tom Brady – Most Passing Yard
Quarterback Tom Brady ended the 2021/22 season with the most passing yards. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers man had a career-high 5,316 yards. The seven-time Super Bowl winner looked as good as ever with the ball in his hands, despite being 44 years old.
Now at the age of 45, Brady is back with the Bucs. As per the CBS report, his time out of the game lasted just over two months as he realized that he had made a mistake. The Tampa Bay player knows he remains one of the elite QBs in the NFL.
With Mike Evans, Julio Jones, and Kyle Rudolph to throw to in 2022, his numbers should be very strong at the end of the campaign.
Cooper Kupp – Most Receiving Yards
Last season’s Offensive Player of the Year, Cooper Kupp, was also in contention for the MVP award in 2021, so high were his performances. The Los Angeles Rams wide receiver was one of the key reasons why his team won the Super Bowl.
Kupp scored 16 touchdowns in the regular season, while in the playoffs, he added six more to his tally, including the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. He proved to be the biggest threat on the NFC West team’s offense, after forming a great relationship with new QB Matthew Stafford.
The 29-year-old led the league in receiving yards in the 2021/22 campaign. He finished his 17 games with an impressive total of 1,947 yards. If he picks up where he left off, he could go over 2,000 yards next season. The Super Bowl MVP can have the most receiving yards in the league for the second straight year.
TJ Watt – Most Sacks
Last season, Pittsburgh Steelers’ TJ Watt became the first linebacker to win the Defensive Player of the Year award since Luke Kuechly in 2013. He was recognized after what was a brilliant season for the former first-round pick.
Watt will be hungry to pick up many more sacks next season. He will be in his sixth year in the NFL now and he is getting better with every campaign.
The four-time Pro Bowler had 22.5 sacks from 15 games last season, matching the record in the NFL, which was set by Michael Straham in 2001. Had he played the full 17 matches, he would have broken that record.
Watt could also be in contention to be named the NFL MVP this season. No defensive player has won the award since Lawrence Taylor in 1986. He is an outsider to add his name to the roll of honor and beat all the attacking stars in the league, but if any defensive player can, it is the Steelers man.
Enjoy all the action throughout the 2022 NFL season. It looks set to be an exciting year ahead, with many teams in contention for the Vince Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl LVII on February 12.