The 2020-2021 season was one of the most exciting in recent memory. So many things had been shaken up before the season started, and for the first time in a while it truly felt like anything was possible. We saw some excellent performances this past year, and there are some players that deserve all the recognition they can get. Let’s reflect on the biggest playmakers of the 2020-2021 season.
The Buffalo Bills spent a long time building up their offense and finding a stable young quarterback prospect. It seemed all that was missing was a dependable and dynamic receiver to help this team become elite. The Stefon Diggs trade was massive news, and he proved to be worth every cent of his contract last season as one of the biggest assets for the team.
Working alongside the young quarterback Josh Allen, Diggs returned over 1500 yards for the season, in addition to 8 touchdowns. Known for his incredible footwork and breakaway speed, Diggs was invaluable to the team over this past season. The offense has finally come together in Buffalo, and the oddsmakers are already giving them excellent odds to win the AFC next year at +650. This is mostly due to the fact that Diggs is clearly one of the best receivers in the game today.
While Diggs and Allen were a formidable duo, there is no pair we heard more about last season than receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Together, these two blew up defenses from coast to coast. While it may have taken Adams some time to mature, he has become arguably the best receiver in the league.
Adams let nothing stop him over this past season. Even when he was placed in a position where he was expected to just make the catch and get tackled, he oftentimes still managed to scramble for extra yards, resulting in an impressive 11.9 yards per reception average. Overall, Adams finished the season with 1374 yards and a ridiculous 18 touchdowns.
While it’s not often we discuss defensive players as playmakers, Donald still fits the title. That’s because aside from being the best defensive player in the NFL, Donald is well known for his ability to pressure the quarterback and cause disruption. Aaron Donald can turn a typical dead play into a massive loss in yards for the offense, or a turnover.
2020-2021 was another excellent season for Donald, as the now-29 year old player counted 13.5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. Each sack can mean the end of the drive for the offense, and each forced fumble could equal the end of the game. Donald certainly has the ability to change the tide of a game on his own.
Mahomes is certainly one quarterback that can be labeled an all-around playmaker. His vision on the field, tenacity, and endurance has led to many victories for the Kansas City Chiefs. Mahomes has become the master of the come-from-behind win as well, with shades of Joe Montana.
If you need a quarterback that can make a play happen out of nothing, it is certainly Mahomes. Being a multifaceted quarterback who borders on an outright mobile quarterback, Mahomes has many tools in his arsenal. When he can’t find someone open, he can scramble in the pocket to buy time. When the defense comes rushing in, he can gain yards on his feet. He’s incredible in the red zone, and has no clear weaknesses.
The running back used to be the player you would call on when the going got tough. Even though the sport has evolved to be more passing-oriented, the running back is still a crucial position. Derrick Henry is arguably the best in the NFL today, and he knows how to make a play happen out of nothing.
Where other running backs may get swallowed by defenders immediately after receiving the ball, Henry can push through, find holes in the defensive line, and has some incredible footwork to boot. No other running back came close to his 2020 stats, with 2000+ total yards posted, and 17 touchdowns.