Fine Freshmen: Sizing Up the NFL’s Rookie of the Year Candidates

December 24, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

To hear some people talk, the NFL Rookie of the Year races have been decided since mid-season. St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford is the popular front-runner in the Offensive ROTY race, while Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is the favorite on the defensive side. And to be fair, they're both had very good years.
But are they really the only rookies lighting it up in 2010? It's time to take a look at the rest of the field, on all sides of the ball - and yes, that includes special teams. Some freshmen are playing key roles on Super Bowl contenders. Others are the only reason to watch teams that are playing out the string. Some are legitimate ROTY contenders; others are barely in the conversation.
All of them, however, have done something memorable this season. Here's a look at the candidates, in roughly alphabetical order.
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