Kansas City, Mo. – It is halfway through the NFL season, and a Chiefs reporter gave out awards to the players. The awards are for offensive and defensive players, unsung heroes, and many more.
For the offensive player MVP, it is wide receiver Tyreek Hill. After he injured his collarbone in week one, the offense was having trouble without him.
Not that they weren’t winning games, but they were just struggling a little bit. When Hill returned for week six, the offense picked itself up. Hill has helped both quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes, and Matt Moore, in beating defenders and getting open, making countless touchdowns or making a new down with his speed.
The top offensive rookie for the Chiefs is wide receiver, Mecole Hardman. He entered the games sooner than expected with all the injuries that happened earlier; even though Hardman has made some rookie mistakes, he has speed and skills that compete with the other receivers. He also led the Chiefs in receiving yards by week three.
And our unsung offensive hero is right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. He has had only two penalties this season, and he is a very dominant run blocker for Kansas City, Schwartz has had ten pressures and no sacks so far.
For our defense, we have the defensive MVP in cornerback Charvarius Ward- he had a great ending to the season last year against the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Ward didn’t slack off after that, however, he picked up and might be even better this season.
He isn’t afraid to tackle, intercept the football, or break up passes. It doesn’t look like he’ll stop any time soon either.
The top defensive rookie is safety Juan Thornhill. He hasn’t allowed ten or more yards in a single game. Juan Thornhill will “lose his mind if you tell him that he can’t do something,” Tyrann Mathieu said when talking about Thornhills tenacity.
And finally, the last defensive award goes to linebacker Reggie Ragland who is the unsung defensive hero. He didn’t start right away, but he entered the game in week 3. Ragland was moved to the starting linebacker place after he only saw 19 snaps in 4 weeks. Reggie Ragland has improved the run defense and more.
Special Teams and Trading Awards
Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah was awarded for the best trade acquisition. Brett Veach traded defensive back Eric Murray for Ogbah from the Browns; no one knew how valuable Ogbah would be by week 9. He’s the teams’ sack leader at 4.5.
And for the final award, it goes to kicker Harrison Butker, if you can remember in the game against the Vikings, he made the game-winning field goal. Butker has missed very few field goals, and he’s stepped up and helped the team out when it counted most. Harrison Butker puts a lot of effort into his job, and it pays off- you can definitely see he’s a special player.