Every offseason the NFL hands out its offensive rookie of the year award. The offensive rookie of the year award goes to the rookie who played the best and made the most plays on offense during the season. Rookies have taken the league by storm in recent seasons. Ja’Marr Chase won the award during the 2021-22 season. Chase was one of the best wide receivers in the game. Chase caught 81 balls, had 1,455 receiving yards, and 13 touchdowns. Justin Herbert won offensive rookie of the year during the 2020-21 season. Herbert had a fantastic season and passed for 4,336 yards, threw 31 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions.
This year’s candidates include Garrett Wilson, Kenneth Walker, Brock Purdy, and Chris Olave. These rookies had solid seasons and each has a case to win the award.
Garrett Wilson was one of the best rookie wide receivers in the NFL. Wilson caught 83 passes, amassed 1,103 receiving yards, and scored 4 touchdowns. Wilson didn’t have consistency at the quarterback position and had to play with Zach Wilson, Mike White, and Joe Flacco. Wilson was a bright spot on the Jet’s 25th-ranked offense. Wilson had to work hard and make plays for an offense that struggled down the stretch.
Kenneth Walker burst onto the scene in Seattle. Walker had to help an offense that lost Russell Wilson. Walker carried the ball 228 times, rushed for 1,050 yards, and scored 9 touchdowns. Walker made defenders miss when he carried the ball and helped the Seahawks make the playoffs.
Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy proved his doubters wrong when he took over in San Fransico. Purdy passed for 1,374 yards, threw 13 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. Purdy played well in San Fransico’s playoff games. Purdy suffered a UCL injury against the Eagles and couldn’t continue his fantastic season. Purdy deserves a chance to win offensive rookie of the year.
Chris Olave was a reliable target for the New Orleans Saints. Like his former Ohio State teammate Wilson, Olave was a bright spot on an inconsistent offense. Olave caught 72 passes, amassed 1,042 receiving yards, and 4 touchdowns. Olave played with Jameis Winston and Andy Dalton and made big plays for the Saints.
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