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S2019W01:: GZL Weekly Awards
By Matt Spencer
Special to gzl-football.com


GZL Weekly Awards
Saturday August 1st 2015
Matt Spencer, GZL Media Group

After quite the hiatus from running this weekly feature, combined with the increase in GZQ Payout, I have decided to try and revive it. Well, revive it least until I leave for vacation. 8)

Offensive Player of the Week
HB Giovanni Benard
25 Carries for 161 Yards (6.44 YPC) | 2 Touchdowns
The AFC was far surpassed by the NFC in statistical output during the first week of the 2019 season. Bernard was the clear choice as the AFC's Top Offensive Player, pounding his way to 161 yards and 2 scores in a rout over hapless Buffalo. Bernard has never broken the 4 YPC mark, but if his first start of this new season is any indication, he's ready to breakout for a very good Bengals team. Bernard has a rookie to thank for this honor as OG Ty Sambrailo ran over defenders all day on his way to his own award that we'll discuss later.
Honorable Mention: TE Jackie Thomas | QB Boston Mallett | HB Mario Fannin

Offensive Player of the Week
WR Billy Crockett
8 Catches for 145 Yards | 3 Receiving TDs
The Packers acquired Crockett in the offseason prior to the draft in a big trade with the Jaguars, essentially passing on the two 6'5" behemoths available at the top of the board. Crockett has been a consistent 1,000 yard receiver in his first 3+ seasons in the league, but for some reason he finds himself on his 3rd team in that span. I think he's found a place to call home as a true dual threat WR with a great blend of size (6'1") and athleticism (97/95/99).
Honorable Mention: HB Todd Gurley | HB Jeremy Hill | QB Bo Callahan | WR Josh Gordon

Defensive Player of the Week
DT Devon Still
8 | 3 Sacks
The always heartening story of Leah Still will always come to mind when her NFL Dad is mentioned, but Still put his own name out there in Week 1 with 3 sacks of Colts QB Terrelle Pryor, albeit in a loss. Pryor has been known to get through the front 7 of opposing defenses with success, but Still made sure to shut down the athletic QB all day. Pryor went down for a loss 3 times and finished the day with negative rushing yardage.
Honorable Mention: SS Doug Wilkerson | CB Braylan Bender | DE Da'Quan Bowers

Defensive Player of the Week
CB Jimmy Smith
8 Tackles | 2 Interceptions | 4 Deflections
After spending all off-season wondering where he would call home as the Bears continually had him in trade talks, Smith proved that he just might be worth that $12 million dollar price tag. Smith harassed the opposing QB, whether it was the inconsistent Chris Henderson, or the up and coming Derek Pope slinging the pigskin. With the poor effort from the Bears' own offense, Smith single handedly kept the Bears in the game and was the team was able to pull out the victory in Overtime.
Honorable Mention: DE Quinton Coples | DE Allen Bailey | DT Danny Shelton

GZL Rookie of the Week
OG Ty Sambrailo
14 Pancakes | 0 Sacks Allowed
Selected 14th overall in the off-season, Sambrailo showed teams why an Offensive Guard should be considered at the top half of the first round. He paved the way all game long for AFC Player of the Week, Giovanni Bernard. His performance, in his very first game at the highest level of competition, was one of the greatest performances by an Offensive Guard the league, or any league for that matter, has ever seen. I'm sure some General Managers who passed on this talent were smacking themselves in the forehead while watching him manhandle the Bills' front 7. He consistently got to the next level and made Linebackers look silly in the process. I'm sure the league will be keeping tabs on Ty going forward.
Honorable Mention: WR Dorial Green-Beckham | MLB Trinidad Walker | DE DeAndrew Paulson

General Manager of the Week
Kevin Mullendore
A toss up between Mullendore and AF, as both showed different paths to success in the offseason. Kevin moved out of a very sexy spot in the draft and made out like a bandit. Crockett's performance is likely the reason he gets this nod, but trouble is already brewing in Green Bay as he is unhappy with Quarterback Jimmy Claussen's performance. A team built like the Packers doesn't need a Top 5 Quarterback, as Doug Martin shoulders the load the majority of the time. I cannot wait until Week 4 when we get to see the Packers take on AF's Bucs in Lambeau.

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