The Green Bay Packers 2021 season ended in disappointment with a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the Divisional Round. However, there were a lot of positive things to come out of their 2021 regular season. The Packers finished the regular season with a 13-4 record. That record helped them win their third consecutive NFC North title and earn the number one seed in the NFC. While the season ultimately ended in disappointment, there was a lot of individual success. Here are the Green Bay Packers 2021 season awards.
Green Bay Packers 2021 Season Team Awards
Most Valuable Player: Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback
Not only is Aaron Rodgers the Green Bay Packers MVP, but he will probably be the NFL’s MVP for 2021. Rodgers threw for 4,115 yards, with 37 touchdown passes, and only had four interceptions. He and head coach/offensive play-caller Matt LaFleur made up one of the best quarterback/play-caller tandems in the NFL. Rodgers made a lot of headlines with off-the-field issues this season, but his stellar play was undeniable. Rodgers was absolutely the Packers MVP in 2021, though it is unfortunate that he played his worst football of the season at the most crucial time.
Offensive Player of the Year: Davante Adams, Wide Receiver
Davante Adams’ 2021 play cemented him as the top wide receiver in the NFL. While facing double and sometimes triple coverage, Adams hauled in 123 passes for 1,553 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 1,553 yards set a franchise record and his 123 receptions were a career-high. When Rodgers and Adams were in a groove, which was frequently, they made up arguably the best passer-receiver tandem in the NFL.
Rookie Offensive Player of the Year: Royce Newman, Offensive Guard
Royce Newman does not have much competition for this award. But even without the competition, Newman performed well enough to be highlighted in the Green Bay Packers season awards. The fourth-round rookie played in 17 games this season and started 16 of them. While Newman did have struggles, he played well enough as a rookie to start 16 games for one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
Defensive Player of the Year: De’Vondre Campbell, Inside Linebacker
De’Vondre Campbell illustrated how well a defense can perform when they have quality inside linebacker play. Campbell led the Packers in total tackles (146), solo tackles (102), and assisted tackles (44). He also led all Packers inside linebackers with two sacks. General manager Brian Gutekunst hit big when the Packers signed Campbell to a one-year contract during training camp. His signing helped make up for the many misses Gutekunst has made at the position. Not only did Campbell earn the Packers top defensive player award, but he made this year’s All-Pro team.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Eric Stokes, Cornerback
It was expected that the Packers would slowly get Eric Stokes involved in the defense this season. However, with injuries to star cornerback Jaire Alexander and made of glass Kevin King, that plan was thrown out the window for Stokes. Stokes played in 16 games and started 14 of them. During that span, he had 14 passes defended, 55 combined tackles, and one interception. Stokes still has things he needs to learn, but this season, he displayed a lot of positive traits.
Most Improved Player: Dean Lowry, Defensive Line
At the conclusion of 2020, it appeared that Dean Lowry had played his last snap for the Green Bay Packers. Since signing a big-money contract extension prior to 2019, Lowry’s play had been a disappointment. Fortunately for the Packers, Gutekunst chose to bring Lowry back and the bet paid off. Lowry posted career highs in sacks (five) and quarterback hits (nine). His play, along with Kenny Clark, gave the Packers a very solid interior pass rush. His play, at times, helped cover up for the poor play of fellow defensive lineman Tyler Lancaster.