This is Chris Mueller from the Yard Barker.
Around this time every NFL season, the M V P discussion really heats up, and the national focus starts to narrow in on a handful of players with viable candidacies.
This year, that designation falls to the more Jackson, Russell Wilson and deservedly so.
Having said that, there are plenty of players delivering great performances that are going under appreciated and whose contributions are worthy of mention.
The Steelers defense has blossomed this season, and Stephen Nelson has been a major reason why Pittsburgh sign him as a free agent from Kansas City this offseason, the year after he was the most frequently targeted cornerback in the NFL.
Nelson has been the Steelers best corner this year, playing 385 coverage snaps and allowing just a 77.
3 passer rating when targeted.
Shawn Watson and DeAndre Hopkins get most of the public to be in Houston, but the Texans offense has balanced thanks to the efforts of Carlos Hyde.
The six year veteran has rushed for 836 yards, and he looks poised to post his 1st 1000 yard season.
I'd isn't a pass catching threat but 4.
8 yards per carry.
He's been a very effective runner.
Michael Thomas has gotten much of the attention in New Orleans this season, but one of the state's best players is also one of their most unheralded Safety.
Marcus Williams has a 90.
5 grade from pro football focus, the best of any Saints defender in one of the best in the league.
He's got four interceptions and four pass breakups and has allowed just a 50 passer rating.
One targeted Denver's quarterback situation has been a mess all season, but that hasn't stopped Courtland Sutton from establishing himself as one of the NFL's better receivers.
Something is 832 receiving yards on the year on his average of 16.
6 yards per reception is second best among receivers with at least 50 catches, trailing only my gallons of Tampa Bay.
No, he's currently out of spring them C l.
But Atlanta's Austin Hooper has been a bright spot in a lost season.
The tight end has six touchdown catches and is tied with Calvin Ridley for the team lead and seventh in the NFL overall in touchdown receptions, assuming he recovers for Les Mis final few games.
Hooper's number should compare favorably to his breakout 2018 campaign that ended with him in the Pro Bowl.
For Yard Barker, This is Chris Mueller.