Yes, you’re probably thinking, but Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy will have some competition for rookie of the year. So, as we’re wont to do, let’s go to the stats.
Here are Lacy’s numbers and his competition.
Lacy: 1,028 yards rushing, 4.1 per carry, 8 touchdowns, 236 receiving yards
After Sunday’s performance — 141 yards and the game-winning touchdown — Lacy put himself at the head of the rookie class. He’s the only rookie back that’s been a workhorse for his team and the focal point of the offense for most of the season. When you consider that he’s played much of the year without Aaron Rodgers and has still gained yards, his resume looks even more impressive.
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen: 63 catches, 931 yards, 7 touchdowns
Allen has to be Lacy’s main competition for the award right now. He’s developed into Philip Rivers’ top target and seems like a lock to go over 1,000 yards on the season. When the Chargers beat Denver last Thursday, the clowns in the booth were saying Allen was a lock to win the award. Well, we’re saying not so fast.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard: 653 yards rushing, 4.5 per carry, 5 touchdowns, 416 yards receiving, 3 touchdowns
The numbers aren’t as impressive for Bernard as they are for Lacy, but he’s been a dynamic weapon for the Bengals. If he wasn’t splitting carries with BenJarvus Green Ellis, he’d have better numbers and probably a better shot at this award. Clearly, he plays a bigger role in the passing game than Lacy does.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon: 2,231 yards (in 11 games), 17 touchdowns, 8 interceptions
Three weeks ago, Glennon was gaining momentum in this conversation. Then he started struggling. Over the past three weeks, Glennon has put up 449 total passing yards, 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. That’s playing yourself out of the discussion for postseason awards.
New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson: 70 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Richardson has been a beast for the Jets this season. Fortunately for Lacy, the NFL hands out an offensive and a defensive rookie of the year honor. Richardson will be strong contender for the latter. We threw him in here because other organizations like to hand out awards too and don’t always split them up.
Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonzo: 137 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 interceptions
Alonzo has a pretty impressive stat line and we know from last year, voters like linebackers who fill up the stat line. The three top vote getters for the defensive rookie of the year award in 2012 were linebackers. Packers cornerback Casey Hayward and his six interceptions finished fourth.
Lacy missing two games along with Huss numbers should help him win it
Since there’s been no Rodgers for half the season, there was no pass to set up the run. Lacy’s got my vote.
is this really a conversation? hands down winner since mid year.
He’s the RoY, unless Allen finish the season with another 300 yards an3+ TDs and Eddie does nothing.
Too bad dat one looks like a bust. Otherwise the 2013 draft is looking quite good after one year.
Dude’s been playing on a bum ankle since the season’s inception and still has 3.5 sacks in limited snaps, that’s more than Daniels had last year(and both had similar fumble recoveries), how about we give him more than 1 year before we declare him a bust?
Although Lacy is a beast and deserves it, I would like to see Bakhtiari get some votes. 4th round pick, starting left tackle and he appears to be doing pretty good. Not many can do that.
yes, Eddie Lacy is rookie of the year. nuff said.
Datone is starting to come around, not to worried about him
I’d like to think Datone is “starting to come around,” but if he’s contributing, I haven’t seen it. Maybe I should watch the DL more rather than the ball.
I watch positions rather than the ball just to see whose producing even if they don’t have the stats, i spent most of the game watching bakhtiari shutdown ware
Of course it’s Eddie Lacy, dudes been a beast on a bad overall offense since week 7. It’s gonna be awesome to see what kind of production he puts up in a full 16 game season with Rodgers and all the pressure his ability to pass takes off our run game, kid could of been a 1500 to 1600 yard back this year with Rodgers all year. Hopefully we get Rodgers back this week and give Lacy the opportunity to finish out strong, finish with 1300+ rush yards and 10+ TD’s to seal the ROY.
If Lacy hadn’t missed two games, he would have at least 1200+ rushing yards by now and there would be no competition for this award.