Offensive Come Back Player of the Year – Nobody
Nobody on the Texans offense is coming back from a tough injury. No veteran is coming off of a “down” year. There is not a true candidate that screams “come back”. However, I will bring up a few players that can win this award in their own ways.
First off is Nate Washington. He hasn’t been good enough at any point in his career to have a “come back” season but he can contribute to a winning team for the first time in a long time. His best season came in 2011 with the Titans, where his 74-1,023-7 stat line led the Titans to win nine games. He doesn’t have that role with Texans and is no longer in his prime. However, if he can win the number three duties over Jaelen Strong and improve on last seasons numbers that will be a success for Nate Washington.
Ryan Mallett is also in consideration if he can win the starting job and lead the Texans to a hopeful playoff birth. He had a season ending injury in 2o14, but it wasn’t a lock that he would start the rest of the games anyway. Its hard to award someone Come Back Player of the Year to someone with less than 10 career starts, but I am desperate to find an offensive player.
There are some clear nominees on the defensive side of the ball, so stay tuned for Thursday’s article. In the meantime, I want to check-in on the rookies and project the Texans’ offensive Rookie of the Year.
Next: Rookie of the Year