So I’m a little behind, but so are the Browns so I find it quite fitting. It wasn’t the best season for the Browns, but there were some outstanding players on the team that made a decent impact this season.
Team MVP: Phil Dawson:
“Automatic” Phil Dawson has been with the Browns since 1999, when the Browns were refranchised. This year alone he went 26/31 in Field Goals with his longest coming in at 53 yards. He was 29/29 on PAT’s. This year also marked a great accomplishment to Dawson; he joined an elite group of Kickers in the “300 Club” making over 300 FGs in his career, completing a career total of 305 by the end of 2012.
ROTY: Josh Gordon
Josh “Flash” Gordon was picked up in the supplemental draft of 2012 and he played in every game this season. Throughout the season he had 50 receptions for 805 total yards. His longest reception came on a 71 yard TD reception in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He only had one fumble and had 5 TDs. He averaged about 16 yards per reception. Look for him to make an even larger impact next season.
OPOTY: Trent Richardson
Also in his rookie season, Trent Richardson was taken as the 3rd overall pick in 2012 NFL Draft. He only missed one game due to injury. He rushed for 950 yards in 15 games. He had 11 rushing TDs, which is a franchise rookie record, breaking Jim Brown’s previously held record of 10. He also had 51 receptions for 367 yards and one TD. He only had 3 fumbles. Next year he should develop into a solid running back; he may even break 1000 rushing yards (*knocks profusely on any wooden object visible*)
DPOTY: Joe Haden
A member of the Browns since 2010, Joe Haden had impressive stats even as a rookie, having 6 interceptions in the 2010 season. In the 2012 season, Haden had 40 tackles and 11 assisted tackles for a career total of 150 tackles and 30 assisted tackles. Also in the 2012 season, he forced 1 fumble and had 3 interceptions for a total of 64 yards. This year he also missed a few games because of NFL drug sanctions, which you can read more about in “Joe Haden’s Triumphant Return to the Browns… Maybe?”.
Special teams POTY: Reggie Hodges
Acquired from the Tennessee Titans mid-season 2009, Hodges has played in 40 games for the Browns. He missed an entire season due to an injury sustained in preseason 2011. He’s punted a total of 213 for the Browns and averaged 41.8 yards in his three seasons. This year he had 29 punts land inside the 20, with only 4 touchbacks and no blocked punts. His longest punt of the 2012 season was 58 yards. He also had one TD this season in Week 2 against the Cincinnati Bengals.