Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) – Seattle, Quarterback #3 – #TVPRussellWilson
Dec 29, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) prepares to throw the ball against the St. Louis Rams during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Despite his standout performance at Wisconsin, Wilson’s 2012 draft stock dropped to the third round. After winning the starting job in 2012, Wilson was named last year’s Rookie of the Year and was voted by the fans as the 2012 VIZIO Top Value Performer. With another outstanding season and the first-ever returning TVP candidate, Wilson has earned the right to defend his title.
2013 base salary: less than $550,000
Julius Thomas (@Julius_Thomas) – Denver, Tight End #80 – #TVPJuliusThomas
A pure athlete, Thomas set numerous Portland State basketball records and led his team to back-to-back
Dec 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas (80) catches a pass for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
tournament appearances before ever playing a snap of collegiate football. Thomas has emerged as a key asset in arguably the league’s most high-powered offense. Limited in his first two seasons because of injury, the third time is truly a charm for Thomas, as he’s become a league-leader in receiving touchdowns.
2013 base salary: $555,000
Alshon Jeffery (@AJJeffery1) – Chicago, Wide Receiver #17 – #TVPAlshonJeffery
Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; .Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes a catch over Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick (32) during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Jeffery has been a valuable player at every level of competition – from his 80–0 undefeated high school basketball career, where he won four state titles, to his time at University of South Carolina where he set receiving records. Jeffery has solidified himself as a key weapon and counterpart to Chicago’s standout receiver. He has built a great rapport with his quarterback and broke his own franchise single–game record this season.
2013 base salary: nearly $600,000
Zac Stacy (@ZSTACY_) – St. Louis, Running Back #30 – #TVPZacStacy
Dec 29, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy (30) runs with the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
An under-the-radar player, Stacy was deep in the stable of St. Louis running backs before being called upon in week five against Jacksonville. A strong showing morphed the fifth round rookie from Vanderbilt into the team’s most consistent offensive weapon this season.
2013 base salary: $405,000
Giovani Bernard (@G_Bernard25) – Cincinnati, Running Back #25 – #TVPGiovaniBernard
Dec 29, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
With an ability to elude defenders twice his size, the small, shifty rookie out of Chapel Hill, NC has helped turn Cincinnati into an offensive powerhouse. At his best when the lights are brightest, Giovani’s strongest performances have come during primetime games, on a Monday night with two scores over Pittsburgh and on a Thursday night with electrifying runs against Miami.
2013 base salary: $405,000
I think this is the first of many awards to come for Jeffery and his promising career in Chicago. It may be a tough go, but go out and stuff the ballot box for Jeffery. As we say, that’s the Chicago way!