Injuries to big players have plagued the NFL over the past few seasons. However, many of these players have bounced back to their former selves. With plenty of candidates who fit that mold heading into the 2019 season, here are four candidates to bounce back from injury and win the 2019 NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
4. Cam Newton, Panthers
Since Cam Newton missed just two games last season, he would need a spectacular performance to win this award. But like any signal caller, he gets the bonus of being in the media's spotlight at quarterback. Newton has been playing through lingering shoulder problems the past two seasons, and if he is fully healthy, he could return to the MVP-like form he showed a few seasons ago. This also may be the most talented receiving corps Newton has ever thrown two, with Greg Olson, Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, Chris Hogan and Curtis Samuel all capable of making plays.
3. Cooper Kupp, Rams
Cooper Kupp was putting together a productive season last year for the Rams, before tearing his ACL. He totaled 40 catches for 566 and six touchdowns through eight weeks. Playing in a high-powered offense, Kupp has the opportunity to bounce back in a big way and claim his award. Kupp won't be a primary focus for the defense, which allows him to ease back into game speed and gain confidence in his knee.
2. Earl Thomas, Ravens
Earl Thomas wanted a new contract from the Seahawks at the start of last season to protect him financially if something were to happen, then he broke his leg. Possibly looking for a bit of vengeance this season, Thomas joins a defensive-minded Ravens team. The safety consistently ranks near the top at his position, and he will look to thrive on the back end in Baltimore this season.
1. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
Jimmy Garoppolo's season came to an end in Week 3, when he suffered a torn ACL. Garoppolo already has a leg up on the competition since he's a quarterback, with the position winning the award in eight of the last 13 seasons. The 49ers have also improved the weapons for the young quarterback, and coach Kyle Shanahan has been known for being a quarterback guru. Look for Jimmy G to bounce back in a big way.
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