Non-Quarterback MVP of 2022 for Each NFL Team: AFC East

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Non-Quarterback MVP of 2022 for Each NFL Team: AFC East

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Non-Quarterback MVP of 2022 for Each NFL Team: AFC East

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For the AFC East division, it was an extremely competitive season for the most part. The New York Jets were in the hunt for the playoffs until they went on their losing slide, the New England Patriots were right there as well if they hadn’t lost to the Buffalo Bills in Week 18. While the Miami Dolphins and Bills both made the playoffs. With the promise the AFC East showed this season comes players who stood out for each team. Outside of the quarterback position, these are the players who were the MVP for each in 2022.

 

Buffalo Bills: Matt Milano 

Still underrated on a grand scale, but a focal point on the Bills defense was Matt Milano in 2022. In coverage during the regular season Milano was the third-best linebacker in the NFL and overall finished allowing only a 72.8% completion percentage for 500 yards, and zero touchdowns while having three interceptions. He also took more on his plate after Von Miller went down with his injury because the Bills had to rely on more designed pressures. Milano helped with this, ending up with 24 pressures, which turned into five sacks. It doesn’t just stop there as he defended the run great as well with 12 tackles for a loss and 57 run stops. Milano deserves more credit for how much he helped this Bills defense, and is why he ends up as the non-quarterback MVP.

Miami Dolphins: Tyreek Hill

The Dolphins trading for Tyreek Hill in the offseason played out exactly how they hoped it would. Hill completely helped elevate this Dolphins offense and provided a reliable target for Tua Tagovailoa to throw to and get extra yards. In just his first season as a Dolphin, he broke the franchise record for the most receiving yards and receptions in a single season. Hill ended up with 1,779 yards and seven touchdowns on 126 receptions. He also had 524 yards after the catch, had an ADOT of 12.6, 13 contested catches, 12 forced missed tackles, and generated 81 first downs. Hill became the best receiver in Dolphins history, and his impact on the offense was immediate. 

 

New England Patriots: Matthew Judon

Who else other than Matthew Judon. It was a phenomenal season for Judon in his second season in New England. Judon was a game changer for the defense with his 15.5 sacks, and 69 pressures that kept opposing quarterbacks on their heels and having to account for him every second. With the speed Judon had coming off the edge, he was also a force in stopping the run, ending up with 35 run stops and making 26 tackles. With the offense struggling, the Patriots needed a difference maker to show up on defense, Judon was exactly that and will now head into his eighth season coming off a career year. 

 

New York Jets: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner

Yes, another defensive player is the non-quarterback MVP of their team. Much like the Patriots, the offense for the Jets wasn’t exactly spectacular and to win games the defense had to do a major job of making up for the inconsistency. While there are many players on defense that stood out for the Jets, Gardner made a major impact in just his rookie season. It had been since Darrelle Revis that the Jets had a cornerback that could be referred to as a lockdown cornerback, but Gardner showed that he is that. He was targeted 73 times, and he only allowed 33 receptions for 344 yards, 104 yards after the catch, and only one touchdown. Gardner made a huge difference on this Jets secondary and is only just scratching the surface of the player he can become. 

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