The term “MVP” is undoubtedly one of the vaguest words in sports. Does it mean best? Most talented? Most important? For this article the question of who the Canes’ 2018 MVP will be is answered by determining which player they can least afford to lose for this season.
Miami won’t be deficit of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball this season but just being a good skill player isn’t enough to make you an MVP. Jeff Thomas and DeeJay Dallas for example, while being superbly talented guys, probably won’t give enough to the offense to be considered a true MVP like the guys on this list. Here are the four players who could be considered MVP of the Miami offense for this season. Be sure to vote below and comment if your choice isn’t in there.
Malik Rosier, QB
The starting QB for Week 1 and probably for the first few weeks of the season at least, it would take a stretch of really bad quarterback play to shake Rosier from the top of the depth chart. Clearly, Mark Richt hasn’t seen enough from either Jarren Williams or N’Kosi Perry to have confidence in either young gun at this point. With that in mind, and giving CMR the benefit of the doubt that he deserves, losing a player who helped lead Miami to 10 wins last season would likely be devastating. And if Rosier proves early that he has a better grip on the offense, can execute more complex schemes and is more consistent, then he will quickly prove himself as the MVP.
Travis Homer, RB
Homer is hurt by the fact that there are talented backs behind him but none with the all-around game that the junior possesses. This makes him unique among guys like Dallas and Lorenzo Lingard, who have the shine and hype but not quite the down-to-down consistency and pass blocking excellence that Homer has developed. Homer could prove himself as an unreplaceable piece for what he does in both the passing and rushing game.
Ahmmon Richards, WR
As we saw last year, the Miami passing game suffered without no. 82. If Rosier can get on rhythm with the best receiver Miami has seen in a few years, then they could really make some beautiful music together. Jeff Thomas, Lawrence Cager and the other guys on the roster are really solid players who bring unique roles. But, like Homer, they don’t possess the all-around skill that Richards does AND his big play potential as a vertical threat.
Navaughn Donaldson, OL
The dark horse in this race, the true sophomore is entering his second campaign with a new position and new expectations. He’ll be locking down the Right Tackle spot and should be able to continue clearing paths in the run game while improving his pass-blocking technique. The most talented player along that offensive line, if Donaldson goes down there could be no true alpha dog at those five spots.
Who is the 2018 offensive MVP?
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