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2015 POD Awards: Offensive Player of the Year

Which Detroit Lions player deserved to be the Offensive Player of the Year? Vote below.

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2015 wasn't a banner year for the Detroit Lions offense, but there were some breakout performances from some specific players. Here's a quick rundown of nominees for the POD award for Offensive Player of the Year.

Matthew Stafford

After a slow start to the season, Stafford actually finished the year with a pretty impressive statline: 4,262 yards, 67.2 completion percentage, 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Calvin Johnson

In what could be his final season in the NFL, Johnson had by his standards a down year. For mere mortals, it was actually a damn good season. Johnson hauled in 88 catches for 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns.

Golden Tate

Tate pulled in 90 catches for 813 yards and six touchdowns, but it was the way he created those yards that really made him a big value to the team. Tate consistantly broke tackles and created yardage where there was seemingly none.

Theo Riddick

Going into the season, many believed Ameer Abdullah would be the breakout back for the Lions offense. Wrong. Riddick set the franchise record for the most receptions from a running back. Theo caught 80 passes for 697 yards to go with his 133 yards rushing. Like Tate, he was nearly impossible to bring down, breaking the most tackles of any other player in the NFL.

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