Offensive Player of the Year — DJ Moore, WR
Since McCaffrey got the nod for MVP, we’ll go a different direction here and give DJ Moore the Offensive Player of the Year award. Aside from Carolina’s stud running back, Moore was perhaps the only other consistently good player in 2019. In fact, Moore’s good work may be even more impressive considering how bad the Panthers’ quarterback play was this past season.
Entering 2019, the second-year receiver had fairly high expectations. He was fresh off of his rookie season where he showed flashes of elite potential; however, he was often inconsistent and didn’t do much during the first half of the year. During Year Two, though, Moore really broke out. He racked up 1,175 yards and 87 catches for four touchdowns. Moore ranked ninth in the league in receiving yards, and was one of the best at picking up yards after the catch (YAC) according to Player Profiler.
Moore’s 2019 season was the best of any Panthers pass-catcher since Steve Smith put up over 1,200 yards in Cam Newton’s second season in the league. Simply being mentioned in the same sentence as Smith should tell you that Moore is a heck of a player. To take it one step further, Smith didn’t have a 1,000-yard season until he was 24. Moore is 22. Maybe Smitty was right on draft night: perhaps Moore really is the replacement for the all-time great.