Earl Thomas may have ended his 2018 regular season with an unfortunate injury, but he’s now ready to make a splash once again. Now with the Baltimore Ravens, Thomas was recently named as the favorite to win the 2019 Comeback Player of the Year, according to a panel from ESPN.
In the panel, a handful of NFL media looked ahead and voted to see who they thought would win some of the leagues major awards, including MVP, Rookie of the Year, and more. When it came to Comeback Player of the Year, Thomas was the number one selection, edging out quarterbacks like Carson Wentz and Cam Newton.
Thomas received two first-place votes in the panel, which wasn’t as much as Carson Wentz’s four, but Thomas did receive more second and third place votes, pushing his total just higher than the Eagles quarterback. The main thought behind Thomas winning is how much the Ravens will be counting on the talented safety to help bolster their defense.
“Baltimore paid big bucks to bring in Thomas to anchor a defense that lost a lot of players this year. They’re used to dominating on defense in Baltimore, and Thomas will be asked to help that tradition continue,” the panel said, referring to Thomas’ extremely skillful abilities as a safety.
Back on a team with a dominant defense, Thomas is going to be looked at to not only teach some of the younger members of the Ravens, but carry the defense now. The Ravens shocked the football world by storming into the playoffs last year, and with young quarterback Lamar Jackson leading the way on offense, it will be up to Thomas to help raise the defense to the Super Bowl aspirations the team has. Should he do that, he might be a lock for Comeback Player of the Year.