Winning an NFL rookie of the year award is a prestigious honour and the success of last season’s recipients — the Giants’ Saquon Barkley on offence and the Colts’ Darius Leonard on defence should portend a promising future for their respective franchises … well, in Indianapolis anyway.
The top rookie awards are often geared toward highly drafted players on bad teams who immediately benefit from featured roles and scads of playing time. But their less-prominent peers may have better shots at winding up as the missing variable of a championship equation.
Sony Michel was the engine of New England’s offence during last season’s playoffs and scored the decisive touchdown of Super Bowl LIII. The previous year, it was the Eagles’ Derek Barnett who basically put a bow on Super Bowl LII when he recovered Brady’s fumble in the final minutes.
So which rookies seem best positioned to be the final pieces of a title puzzle in 2019? Here are some candidates:
- Garrett Bradbury, OL, Minnesota: An intelligent and athletic former tight end, he’ll probably take over at centre on the Vikings’ offensive line and should have a positive cascading effect on a unit that struggled in 2018. He can move and take on linebackers when delivering secondary blocks.
Published at Sat, 04 May 2019 20:44:29 +0000