Gil Brandt picks Titans’ Derrick Henry to win Offensive Player of the Year

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While Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has already taken home a pair of Offensive Player of the Year awards, there is still one big one left to win, and that’s the Associated Press’ version of the honor.

Henry was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Year via the 101 Awards and the Pro Football Writers of America after his historic 2,000-yard season. He was also voted a first-team All-Pro for the first time in his career.

Hall of Fame talent evaluator and NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt sees more hardware in Henry’s future, as he believes the Alabama product will take home the AP Offensive Player of the Year award.

Here’s a look at the full list of predictions Brandt makes for the major awards, all of which will be handed at the NFL Honors show on February 6, the night before Super Bowl LV:

Most Valuable Player: QB Aaron Rodgers

Offensive Player of the Year: RB Derrick Henry

Defensive Player of the Year: OLB T.J. Watt

Offensive Rookie of the Year: QB Justin Herbert

Defensive Rookie of the Year: DE Chase Young

Comeback Player of the Year: QB Alex Smith

Coach of the Year: HC Kevin Stefanski

While we think Henry should be in the MVP conversation after his incredible season that also saw him become the first back since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006-07 to win back-to-back rushing titles, that award typically goes to quarterbacks and both Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes had great seasons.

We believe Henry should be a lock for the Offensive Player of the Year award, though, as he was the heart and soul of an elite offense that led Tennessee to its first division title and double-digit win season since 2008.

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