We at Patriots Life are giving out our post-season awards. Previously, we revealed the New England Patriots 2012 MVP, and now we reveal the Offensive Player of the Year. And the award goes to...
It's Running Back Stevan Ridley!
With the number one offense in the NFL, there were obviously a lot of contenders. Wes Welker had another Wes Welker year, the tight ends put up great numbers as well. And obviously you can't miss out the outstanding job the offensive lineman did.
However, the development of Ridley has meant that the offense has become a completely different machine to what it was last season, and in a good way. Ridley has given us what we were missing last season. An every down back that could pick up solid numbers between the tackles, and break big runs on the outside. In an offense with Tom Brady in it, he was still able to pick up over 1,200 yards, and he gave great production in the red zone for loads of touchdowns.
But it's not just the numbers that make Ridley the Offensive Player of the Year. Consistently throughout the year, when the time came, he was able to run down the clock brilliantly and win us games, an aspect that cost the Patriots games last year. And while guys like Welker and Rob Gronkowski were their usual great selves, this award has to go to Ridley for making the offense a completely different and more dynamic machine.
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