We have 13 games under our belts and it's time once again to check in on the Rookie of the Year race. As you may recall, this is a semi-recurring feature where I track the Rookie of the Year throughout the year. Below are my top 10 based on their cumulative achievements for the season, though you are able to vote for your favorite as well. As you will see there are a lot of new faces!
Looks like Bull Griggs is running away with it this year, with Terrance Williams right behind him. Interesting to note that the top 3 keep their positions. After the top 3, however, there aren’t too many players who stand out as strong candidates. Have many of our first year players hit the rookie wall?
Please note that even if a team loses, I don't hold that against a player who has made exceptional efforts on the field. Lastly, this is meant for entertainment purposes only, so let's keep it civil, and if you don't like it, you are always welcome to make your own list.
Rookie of the Year Tracker
1. Bull Griggs, HB, Jaguars (1446 yds, 5.4 avg, 9 TDs) Previous Rank: 1
2. Terrance Williams, WR, Chiefs (58 cth, 1041 yds, 18.0 avg, 9 TDs) Previous Rank: 2
3. Austin Laurie, OT, Steelers (81 pancakes, 1 sacks allowed) Previous Rank: 3
4. DeVonte Holloman, OLB, Jets (38 tkls, 8 tfls, 8 sacks, 2 ints) Previous Rank: 10
5. Josh Pietrarila, WR, Redskins (57 cth, 995 yds, 17.5 avg, 8 TDs) Previous Rank: NR
6. Eddie Lacy, HB, Bengals (1012 yds, 3.7 avg, 5 TDs) Previous Rank: NR
7. Star Lotulelei, DT, Patriots (36 tkls, 4 TFL, 6 sacks) Previous Rank: 6
8. DeMarcus Milliner, CB, Ravens (62 tkls, 5 TFL, 3 ints) Previous Rank: NR
9. Geno Smith, QB 49ers (48.2%, 3527 yds, 24 TDs, 24 Ints) Previous Rank: 4
10. Leonard Johnson, CB, Falcons (60 tkls, 2 TFL, 2 sacks, 3 ints) Previous Rank: NR
Dropping out of the Top 10: WR Tavon Austin, OG Bull Victorino, WR Stedman Bailey, HB La Vonte Bell.
Also receiving consideration: SS Bacarri Rambo, Jets, OG Bull Victorino, Steelers, WR Stedman Bailey, 49ers, CB Xavier Rhodes, Rams
Not receiving consideration: Brad Edwards’ mom.