It is not often that you see a defensive player win any award like the MVP of anything. In fact, the last time a defensive player won the MVP of an NFL season was in 1986 when the New York Giants linebacker Lawerence Taylor won the award.
However, for this award, CGJ has a viable chance at achieving it. This young safety/cornerback combination has been on the rise over the last season. He was one of the best slot corners in the entire NFL last year.
With the Saints getting rid of star Vonn Bell and acquiring an aging veteran in Malcolm Jenkins, Gardner-Johnson has a good shot at beating out Jenkins for his starting spot or at least being heavily considered for it if he has a great training camp.
Even if he doesn’t beat out Jenkins, with a good training camp, Gardner-Johnson is in for a tick in increased workload over the course of the next season. He is a player that the Saints should keep around for a long time to come.