The 2017 season for the Jacksonville Jaguars ended in heartbreaking fashion. However, they still had a great season, and though it was a team performance, many individual players stepped up for the Jaguars this season. Given the outstanding contributions of many individuals this season, I have nominated a player from the team for five different awards.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: RB Leonard Fournette

After being selected fourth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Fournette did not disappoint for the Jaguars this season. He had nagging injuries throughout the year, but he managed to finish the season with 1,040 rushing yards and nine touchdowns while only playing 13 games. Fournette also played a major role in the playoffs as he had three touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers and was the focal point of the Jaguars’ offense.

Honorable Mention: WR Keelan Cole

Defensive Rookie of the Year: DE Dawuane Smoot

There were few rookie contributions on Jacksonville’s defense this year, but Dawuane Smoot was the best defensive rookie for the Jaguars. The rookie defensive end was drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft out of the University of Illinois. He did not get many opportunities this season on the field, as the Jaguars already had experience and depth on their stout defensive line. Smoot will have to wait for his turn in Jacksonville, but his role as a rotation player on the Jaguars’ defensive line could expand as he gains more experience.

Honorable Mention: LB Blair Brown

Most Improved Player: LB Myles Jack

In his second season in the league, the Jaguars made Jack the defensive signal caller to replace Paul Posluszny, and Jack did not disappoint as the starting middle linebacker. He finished second on the team with 90 tackles and had two sacks. Jack will continue to develop, but he is already one of the stars on a defense that is one of the best units in the league.

Honorable Mention: QB Blake Bortles

Comeback Player of the Year: TE Marcedes Lewis

Lewis fell behind Julius Thomas on the depth chart in 2015 and 2016, but the Jaguars traded Thomas to the Miami Dolphins last offseason. This made room for Lewis to shine as the starting tight end once again. Lewis finished the season with five touchdowns, the most since his 2010 Pro Bowl campaign. Lewis has played his entire career for the Jaguars since he was drafted in 2006, and he played a major role in the Jaguars’ success this season.

Honorable Mention: WR Allen Hurns

Most Valuable Player: DE Calais Campbell

Campbell was simply dominant for the Jaguars this season. He finished the season with 14.5 sacks as the mayor of Sacksonville and is the heart of Jacksonville’s defense with his size and athleticism. He has a solid chance of being named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, and he is certainly the most valuable player on this Jacksonville roster.

Honorable Mention: RB Leonard Fournette

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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