Monday, December 8, 2014

2014-15 NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year Candidates

     Every season, no matter what sport, it is fun to go back and look at who had the most success. Especially some of the first year guys as it can be an indication of what is still to come in the years ahead. The 2014-15 NFL season is no different, and with the regular season coming to a conclusion real soon, lets take a look at some of the candidates for the rookie of the year!

     Mike Evans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wide Receiver
                                                    (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) 

     As a team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have not had a whole lot to cheer about, but one upside has been the play of rookie wide receiver Mike Evans out of Texas A&M. Entering the 2014 NFL Draft, Evans was regarded as the best wide receiver in the class and has certainly lived up to all expectations! Evans is set to crack the 1,000 yard mark (935 yards) along with his 10 touchdowns (which is tied for third most in the league) has shown why he is a nightmare for opposing secondaries with three multiple touchdown games, with one of them including a 209 yard performance against the Washington Redskins (9 receptions, 209 yards, 2 TD's).

     Sammy Watkins - Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver

                                                      (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

     The first wide receiver to be taken in the 2014 NFL Draft, Sammy Watkins had always been a much sought out prospect even prior to the draft. While at Clemson, Watkins piled up 3,391 receiving yards to go along with his 27 touchdowns. Watkins has had no problem transitioning that success over into the pro's with 822 yards and 5 TD's through 13 games. Watkins gives the Bills a true deep ball threat and has been one of the reasons why Buffalo is in a position to have its first non losing season since 2004 (9-7) and has its first season since 2008 to win more than six games.

     Tre Mason - St. Louis Rams Running Back

                                                      (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

     Tre Mason I believe was the best running back heading into the 2014 NFL Draft. While Mason did not really get much of a chance at the start of the season, he got a chance to make the most after Zac Stacy went down with an injury. A dual threat type of back, Mason has 628 yards on the ground in just 9 games played, including 348 in the last 4, as well as 12 receptions for 112 yards and 1 touchdown.

     Unfortunately for Mason, a late opportunity may prevent him from taking home Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, and may be a two way race for between Evans and Watkins.

     All stats are as of 12-8-2014

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