Who will win 2022 NFL Comeback Player of the Year? The 2022 NFL Comeback Player of the Year predictions are all over the place entering the season. Quite a few talented players are contending for the award. 2022 Comeback Player of the Year candidates are usually tremendous players coming back from an injury or poor performance the prior season. Legendary NFL players like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Rob Gronkowski have all won Comeback Player of the Year. So, who will the NFL Comeback Player be in 2022? Which NFL comeback player 2022 is primed for a bounce back season?
Recent Comeback Player of the Year winners include Joe Burrow, Ryan Tannehill, and Keenan Allen, all proving they were still capable of greatness after dealing with adversity. If you're looking for 2022 Comeback Player of the Year odds, start with major NFL stars like DeShaun Watson, Derrick Henry, and Michael Thomas, who are all trying to add their names to the list of 2022 NFL comeback players.
Vote below for the best NFL comeback players 2022 or who you think is most likely to be in the running for the 2022 Comeback Player of the Year NFL award. Vote down the players you don't think should be near the top of the list.
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Derrick Henry was coming off of a career year in 2020 where he had an incredible 2,027 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. It was undoubtedly a breakout season for the 26-year-old, and all eyes were on him going into the 2021 season. Sadly, on October 31, Henry suffered a broken bone in his foot in a win over the Colts and would go on to miss the next 9 games. Fully healed, Henry is undoubtedly the favorite for Comeback Player of the Year, and many expect to not only see him match his 2020 production, but surpass it.
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After missing the last half of the 2020 season and the entire 2021 season with a devastating ankle injury, Michael Thomas is looking to show the world once again why he was not only regarded as, but voted as the best offensive player in all of football. Thomas has shown blistering speed, masterful footwork, and a determination to be the best, and after 18 months of missing the game he loves, all eyes should be on him to reclaim his thrown as one of the best players in all of football.
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Throughout his first 3 years in the NFL, Christian McCaffrey was undoubtedly a top 3 running back in all of football. In 2019, McCaffrey was named to the All-Pro First Team, the Pro-Bowl, and even came in third in Offensive Player of the Year voting. McCaffrey looked poised to cement himself as one of the best players in all of football, but in the next two years, he would go on to only play 10 games after a litany of ankle, shoulder, glute, and hamstring sprains and strains would sideline the rising star. With a new quarterback set to help take the load off McCaffrey and a full year to finally get healthy, McCaffrey will be on a mission to prove that he is finally back, and back for good.
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Saquon Barkley has had one of the most frustrating and devastating careers of any player in years. Showing the potential to not only be a top running back but a top player in the entire league, Barkley's career thus far has been riddled with injuries and setbacks. Having yet to play a full season since his rookie year, Barkley appears to be in the best shape of his life, and the 25-year-old is in the midst of his prime. The only thing keeping Barkley from being a lock for this award is his devastating injury history.
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During the 2019 season, Jameis Winston looked like one of the best quarterbacks in all of football. While his infamous 30 touchdowns 30 interception season is in the history books for better or worse, Winston was still able to pass for a masterful 5,109 years. However, over the course of 20 months, Winston would go on to suffer a knee meniscus tear, an ACL tear, and an MCL sprain all on the same leg. It has been 2 years since anyone has seen the Jameis Winston of old, but the Saints were 5-2 with Jameis as a starter last year. If he can stay on the field and is able to lead the Saints to contention while putting up even decent stats, Jameis will have a comeback story that is hard to overlook.
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Defensive end Chase Young suffered an ACL tear in his sophomore season after having what seemed to be a wonderful follow-up to a stellar rookie season. At just 23 years of age, Young has already made a Pro Bowl and won the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. After a devastating sophomore outing, Young will look to bounce back and prove that he is still one of the best defensive players in all of football.