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PFT Week 2 2022 NFL Awards – ProFootballTalk

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It’s time to hand out awards. No trophy. No money. Nothing but satisfaction.

Our weekly awards include Offensive Player of the Week, Defensive Player of the Week, Rookie of the Week, Coach of the Week and Game of the Week.

The highly specialized selection process consists of a measured application of analytical measurements and complex mathematical models, combined with careful consideration of prevailing weather patterns and consideration of relevant astrological circumstances and phenomena.

In fact, I ask the editors of PFT what they think about it, and then I find something. Here’s what we found this week.

Offensive Player of the Week: Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

The third-year quarterback had six touchdown passes in one of the most exciting games the Dolphins have played in years. Fifty passes. Thirty-six accomplishments. 469 meters. An incredible day.

He has definitely improved under the new coaching staff. And it’s not just head coach Mike McDaniel. Quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Darrell Bevell helped Tua reach a ceiling few knew he had.

“Bev is definitely a hands-on coach,” wide receiver Jaylen Waddle told PFT by phone after Sunday’s game. “He is definitely very passionate about his job and passionate about working with Tua. He will show that in training throughout the week, he and Tua have conversations about what they see and how it will help us win, especially in critical situations.

There were several critical situations on Sunday, and Tua got away with all of them.

Other finalists: Bills receiver Stephon Diggs (12 catches, 148 yards, three touchdowns), Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, 333 passing yards, one passing touchdown, two rushing touchdowns), Dolphins Tyreek Hill (11 catches, 190 yards, two TDs), Waddle (11 catches, 171 yards, two TDs), Packers running back Aaron Jones (15 carries, 132 rushing yards, two total touchdowns).

Defensive Player of the Week: Eagles cornerback Darius Slay.

Slay shut down own receiver Justin Jefferson, intercepted a pair of passes and gave one of the balls to Sixers All-Star James Harden. Along the way, Slay re-entered the national conversation as an elite coverage corner.

“I have a lot of respect, but you know how it always goes, the older you get they think you fall, but I’m not one of those guys,” Slay told reporters after the game. “I’m still at the elite level. I deserve a lot of respect. I think the league respects me enough. It’s just the media.”

Well, at least some in the media recognize what he did.

Other finalists: Cowboys linebacker Michah Parsons (two sacks), Buccaneers cornerback Jamel Dean (two interceptions), Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (three sacks).

Rookie of the Week: Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson.

The first-round receiver had more than 100 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Jets’ unlikely win.

For his second score, Wilson played like someone who had a lot more than two games under his belt. He explained to PFT after the game that he recognized the cover as something the Browns had used earlier in the game against the same play.

So he decided to speed up his route, rounding a defensive back and finding a hole in the cover. Quarterback Joe Flacco delivered the ball – and Wilson began to act on his team’s belief that he would be a star in this league.

Other Finalists Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (three sacks), Texans running back Dameon Pierce (69 rushing yards), Cowboys left tackle Tyler Smith, Falcons receiver Drake London (eight catches, 86 yards) , one touchdown), Jaguars linebacker Devin Lloyd (three passes defended, one interception).

Coach of the Week: Jaguars coach Doug Pederson.

New coach, same result.

The Jaguars continue to beat the Colts in Jacksonville. Coach Doug Pederson, who won a Super Bowl with the Eagles, beat his former Philadelphia lieutenant Frank Reich in resounding fashion. For a league based on points, points, a shutout is a rarity. Pederson designed one.

And so the Jaguars, at 1-1, are in first place in the AFC South. Just as absolutely no one expected.

Other finalists: Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel, Jets coach Robert Saleh, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, Eagles coach Nick Sirianni.

Game of the Week: Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray’s two-point conversion.

It was fascinating.

It didn’t force overtime, but it did happen along the way in Arizona’s 20-point win. Murray held the ball for more than 20 seconds as he covered almost 85 meters turf en route to throwing the ball into the end zone.

It was just part of Murray historic day in which he became the first quarterback to have a passing touchdown, rushing touchdown, two-point conversion, and two-point conversion in the same game.

Other finalists: Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr., game-winning fumble return for touchdown, Lions running back D’Andre Swift catches, drops, gets up and runs for touchdown, Patriots wide receiver Nelson Agholor catches the 44-yard touchdown, Jets receiver Corey Davis’ 66-yard touchdown, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s 78-yard touchdown, Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill’s 60-yard touchdown, the Chiefs cornerback Jaylen Watson’s 99-yard interception returns for a touchdown.

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