The Denver Broncos have looked good to start training camp in 2018. Who are their MVP candidates? What about the rest of the AFC West?
The AFC West experienced a bit of a down year in 2017, but looks to be as competitive as ever in 2018 with an improved Denver Broncos team, a Jon Gruden-led Oakland Raiders team, and last year’s first and second place finishers Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers fielding strong rosters once again.
Which players are legitimate MVP candidates in 2018, though?
Each team has at least one player on offense and defense that should at least be considered, and we’ll pick the most likely candidates for 2018…
Offense: Case Keenum, QB
Offensively, the Broncos are expecting Case Keenum to be their MVP whether he wins the league award or not.
Considering how well he played for the Vikings last year, who won their division despite losing Sam Bradford to injury, Keenum could have been considered for the NFL MVP award in 2017 as somewhat of an underdog candidate.
This year, the expectations for Keenum are high, and he’s not going to be sneaking up on anyone. If the Broncos’ offense shows significant signs of improvement, Keenum will likely be the main catalyst for that and could very easily get considered for MVP.
Defense: Von Miller, OLB
Von Miller has already been a Super Bowl MVP, first-team All-Pro, Pro Bowl selection, NFL offensive rookie of the year award winner, and a number of other things.
There are few accolades Miller has not yet earned, but shockingly, he’s never been named defensive MVP in the NFL.
There have been a couple of seasons so far in Miller’s career where he should have been named defensive MVP, but strong years from other players prevented it.
Miller is going to have a much easier time getting after the quarterback this year with more talent around him than ever before, so perhaps he’ll finally get the recognition that is long overdue.