It is time once again to hand out the Carolina Panthers “Huddle Bye Week Awards”. These awards were voted on by Huddle members and tabulated accordingly.
Carolina Panthers MVP – Greg Olsen
This was probably the easiest decision to make. Olsen currently is second in the entire NFL in receiving yards, just behind Julio Jones. And actually, if not for Julio playing Carolina’s horrible secondary a few weeks ago, Olsen would currently be ranked #1 in the entire NFL. Olsen has done so without Cam Newton for almost two whole games. What an amazing accomplishment for the probowl TE.
Honorable Mention – Cam Newton
Carolina Panthers Best Newcomer – Andy Lee
When a punter wins “Best Newcomer” by a wide margin it probably means your team is not doing so well. Andy Lee has kept the Carolina Panthers in the game on numerous occasions by pinning the opposing offense within the 10 yard line. Unfortunately, the seive like defense of the Carolina Panthers has been unable to capitalize on the field position given to them. Many blasted Panthers GM Dave Gettleman for trading away a 4th rounder, but so far Lee has proved to be well worth it.
Honorable Mention – James Bradberry
Carolina Panthers Most Disappointing – Kony Ealy
Expectations were high for Kony Ealy coming into the 2016 season. After putting on a MVP type performance in the Superbowl, many (including myself) had thought Kony had finally arrived. Unfortunately, the high expectations have not come close to being met. Kony has ZERO sacks this season against 1 on 1 matchups with the offensive line. Most recently Ealy was stifled by the New Orleans Saints backup-backup left tackle. This performance (or lack thereof) has earned him the most disappointing player award.
Honorable Mention – Mike Tolbert
Carolina Panthers Best Play – Cam Newton run
In New Orleans, Cam Newton practically wills the Carolina Panthers back into the game with an amazing touchdown run. Newton is able to balance his body on one hand as he extends for the end zone pylon. Incredible.
Honorable Mention – Greg Olsen career record touchdown