We're coming up to the half-way point of the NFL season in the next few weeks. It is at this point rookies in the league are starting to emerge as possible Offensive Rookie of the Year contenders.
Last season, the award was given to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr after an impressive first season with the New York Giants. He had 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 108.8 yards-per-game. His performances also awarded him with being the cover star for Madden 16.
But who could win the title this year? Here are three possible candidates.
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The Rams running back has been a monster for the NFC West side since returning from an ACL injury he picked up while still playing at college. Over the three games he has played this year, he has picked up 314 yards from 55 attempts, but he still hasn't scored a rushing touchdown.
Once he scores his first NFL touchdowns, more should hopefully follow, which will solidify him as a top contender for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
A game against the Cleveland Browns this weekend, who have had the worst defense against the rush so far this season, will provide the perfect opportunity for him to score and continue his good form.
Although he may have been ruled out of the game this weekend against the Atlanta Falcons due to a knee injury, the Tennessee Titans quarterback has completed 103 passes for 1,239 yards, nine touchdowns, and five interceptions. Not bad for an offense that doesn't really have a lot of threats.
He has been making use of a rookie quarterback's best friend, tight end Delanie Walker. The two have connected 21 times this season, and it is proving to be quite a tandem for the Titans.
The one thing he is lacking is wins, as the Titans are currently sitting on a 1-4 record. Picking up some more wins would not only help his Offensive Rookie of the Year campaign, but could also put the Titans in the playoffs in his first season due to the relatively weak AFC South division which they are in.
The Oakland Raiders wide receiver has been excellent for the AFC West side and has cemented himself as the team's number one receiver ahead of Michael Crabtree.
After a solid start in the first three weeks, achieving 290 yards and a touchdown from 20 receptions, he picked up less than 100 yards and a touchdown from eight receptions across the last two games before the team's bye in week six.
Those times might continue this week as they play against a tough San Diego Chargers defense. However, if he is able to break the mold and show he is a game changer, he will keep himself in contention for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award this season.