The 2023 NFL regular season has reached its halfway point and New England Patriots fans haven't enjoyed the ride thus far. After all, the Patriots head into Week 10 with a 2-7 record, putting them dead last when it comes to the AFC standings.
But even though the door on the playoffs is essentially closed, the campaign hasn't been all bad. A handful of Patriots have done their best to provide the fanbase with some bright spots and they deserve recognition for their hard work.
While New England likely won't have any players competing for the NFL's major hardware, that doesn't mean we can't give out some gold of our own.
Here's a look at the Patriots' five midseason award winners, ranging from Offensive Rookie of the Year to Team MVP.
Patriots Offensive Rookie of the Year: Demario Douglas
Demario Douglas' hard work and determination make him a no-brainer candidate to be named the Patriots' midseason Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Drafted 210th overall back in April, Douglas' impressive preseason play earned him a 53-man roster spot out of training camp. Although he hasn't found the end zone in his first eight games, he's still hauled in 24 catches for 277 receiving yards.
There's a good chance that Douglas' production could increase during the season's second half. The former Liberty Flame has become one of Mac Jones' favorite weapons, pacing the Patriots with 6.7 targets over his last three games. Douglas is also averaging 44.7 receiving during that span, putting him on pace for 760 in a 17-game campaign.
If the 22-year-old can continue building off the strong start to his career, I expect Douglas to be a mainstay in the Patriots passing game for years to come.