Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson Get OPOY Consideration

Written By Bob Cunningham On Tuesday, February 01, 2011
The Associated Press named New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady the Offensive Player of the Year Tuesday, but a couple Eagles received consideration for the honor as well.

Michael Vick, an MVP-candidate for most of the season, received 11 votes while DeSean Jackson received two of his own.

Vick finished in second behind Brady's 21 of 50 votes, and Jackson tied with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the fewest votes.

I understand the votes for Vick after a season in which he rushed for nearly 700 yards, passed for over 3,000, and had 30 combined touchdowns. But I don't understand why two people thought Jackson was worthy of being named the best offensive player in the league.

Jackson was 12th in the league in receiving yards, 28 receivers bested his six receiving touchdowns, and 68 players bested his 47 receptions -- a number matched by the likes of Darren McFadden, Ahamad Bradshaw, Visanthe Shiancoe, and a couple others.

He did, however, have the best yards-per-reception average in the league at 22.5, but that still doesn't make him Offensive Player of the Year-worthy. In fact, I would make the case that two other players besides Vick -- LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin -- were better than him on his own team.

Either way, it's now looking like Vick's only shot at an end-of-the-year award will be as Comeback Player of the Year, since Brady is almost a lock to win MVP as well.


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