Let me start off by saying two things.
1. Congrats to Kyler for winning rookie of the year.
2. If they gave every rookie of the year the trophy I used in the picture it would make for way funnier content.
It was announced last night that Kyler Murray won the Offensive Rookie of the Year. I am a fan of what Kyler has done in the past so I’m pumped that he won this prestigious award…but did he deserve it?
Kyler took a young struggling Arizona team, and made them fun to watch. He started off the year slow, but once he found his rhythm, he became the playmaker that college football fans saw at Oklahoma. He finished the 2019-2020 season with 3,722 yards 20TDs, 12 INTs, and a QB rating of 87.4.
As I already stated, he had an amazing rookie season, but there are two names that I think should’ve had more recognition including my pick for who should’ve actually been the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
1. Josh Jacobs
This is the obvious second choice for a lot of people. By the way, if you haven’t already, look at #joshjacobs on twitter to see some angry Raider fans. Let’s continue with the real take though.
The Alabama running back was highly sought after in the draft, it was just a matter of who was going to get him. With Derek Carr playing like a shell of himself, Mike Mayock and John Gruden knew that they needed to make the move. So, the Raiders selected him with their 24th pick and he didn’t disappoint.
Jacobs finished with 8 yards per carry on 242 attempts, 1150 yards, 7 tds, and one fumble. That puts him at 8th in total yards, 16th in TDS, and tied for 2nd on average yards among all running backs. To put it short, the man is a stud. He gave the black hole hope again.
All that being said, I don’t really see why he didn’t win in comparison to Kyler, but he is not my pick for Rookie of the Year.
2. James’ pick for Offensive Rookie of the Year: AJ Brown
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, my pick for the Offensive Rookie of The Year is AJ Brown. It goes against every bone in my body, because of my deep hatred for Ole miss, but he is my pick.
AJ was the 51st overall pick and became the guy in the Titans Receiving core. Somehow, the Titans were able to snag Corey Davis and AJ Brown in three years of drafting, so be worried about that. AJ surpassed Davis as the Number 1 in Nashville after this year. He led the team in reviving yards with 1051, targets with 54, and touchdowns with 8. Not to mention his YAC ability. AJ is sneaky fast and if he gets the slightest gap after a catch he is gone.
AJ is just as displeased as I am
I agree AJ you were robbed. If you put the stats aside, you were able to strive through two quarterbacks. You made big plays week after week. He may not have been the Offensive Rookie of the Year this year, but he is the future of the NFL.
Let us know who you think should’ve been OROY in the comments, we want to hear from you.