PFT’s offensive rookie of the year

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In July, Giants coach Tom Coughlin seemed to be on the verge of treating rookie receiver Odell Beckham the same way Coughlin’s mentor once handled Terry Glenn.  In January, co-owner John Mara was comparing Beckham to Bill Parcells’ best player ever.

In the interim, Beckham did enough to become the PFT offensive rookie of the year.

Despite missing four games and having a relatively mild impact in the first three he played before the bye, Beckham exploded from Week Nine through Week 17, with 156, 108, 93, 146, 90, 130, 143, 148, and 185 receiving yards.  He finished with 91 catches, 1,305 yards, and 12 touchdowns — in 12 total games.

Along the way, Beckham may have saved the jobs of Coughlin and G.M. Jerry Reese.  The rookie also provided one of the most memorable catches in league history, a three-fingered stab of a 50-yard rainbow on Sunday Night Football.

The other finalists were Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans (1,051 yards, 12 touchdown receptions), Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (1,124 rushing yards, 5.1 yards per carry), Cowboys guard Zack Martin (the only rookie Pro Bowler on offense), Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (3,270 passing yards, 21 touchdowns), and Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (2,919 passing yards, 14 passing touchdowns).

Cast your own vote below for the guy you think should get the award.  And make your case in the comments.

95 responses to “PFT’s offensive rookie of the year

  1. Beckham deserved it, but that’s a pretty nice class of rookies. on both sides of the ball.

  2. Question: How many of todays truly elite players won rookie of the year? I cannot think of any.

  3. Beckham, and it’s not even close. It’s just a shame the G-Men couldn’t leverage OBJ’s efforts into more wins than they did.

    #2 would go to Carr. He and Bridgewater both performed admirably for rookie QBs, but Carr had less help.

  4. OBJ by a landslide. no disrespect to Evans but i really don’t see how this is a discussion. maybe people didnt realize all his stats were not even in a full season. oh and he has the single greatest catch in NFL history.

  5. I admit Odell Beckham is great and he is deserving. That being said QB is the hardest position in sports.To me, running routes and catching balls is very simplistic compared to what a QB must master, being the field general. Attacked on every play. Teddy led ALL QB’s this season with a 75.2 accuracy percentage while under pressure. With no line ,no AP and no star receivers. Teddy Bridgewater got better every game. He gets my vote.

  6. Vikings fans voting for Bridgewater as if he would deserve it…… 14 TDs to 12 INTs.

    They’re big fans of mediocrity up there in the frozen north.

  7. @willycents: Depends on your definition of truly elite. Ben won offensive ROY and Suh won defensive ROY. They are not truly elite in my book, but about as close as it comes.

    Kuechly won D-ROY a couple of years ago. Time will tell. He has the talent but not the tenure yet. Beckham too.

  8. Beckham was amazing. Evans was amazing too, considering he had no QB. Zach Martin was a stud.

  9. Mike Evans just turned 21. He’s played 4 seasons of football. Ever.

    2011 – 25 Rec for 648 Yds and 7 TDs
    2012 – 82 Rec for 1105 Yds and 5 TDs
    2013 – 69 Rec for 1394 Yds and 12 TDs
    2014 – 68 Rec for 1051 Yds and 12 TDs

    That’s some crazy consistency, and I can name three terrible quarterbacks he did that with, too.

    Btw, Mike Evans missed a game to injury and was pulled at half against New Orleans. ODB only played in 2 1/2 less, the divide is not much.

  10. I would not have won my fantasy league’s championship without Odell. And I got him for the low low price of nothing. I didn’t even have to give up my spot in the waiver order. Take notes people.

  11. jcbadger34 says:
    Jan 1, 2015 11:18 AM
    Vikings fans voting for Bridgewater as if he would deserve it…… 14 TDs to 12 INTs.

    They’re big fans of mediocrity up there in the frozen north.
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    This post is of interest to all fan bases. Thanks jcbadger for showing them all what Viking fans already know. Packer fans may have a good team, too bad the fans lack the class to match.

  12. Zach Martin doesn’t have stats so obviously he can never be considered. Only yards and touchdowns matter, you see. Even if you slashed the rookie skill players’ numbers on your candidates list in half, Martin would still have no chance of winning – even though he’s the best player of the class.

  13. Beckham deserves it, and there were others who deserved a mention. I’d throw Corey Linsley, the Packer’s rookie center into the mix of deserving of a mention.

  14. Why isn’t manziel on the list? It won’t let me vote. This league is fixed. Lol
    he’ll be comeback player of the year once he gets traded to Washington.

  15. pervyspankspackfans says: Jan 1, 2015 11:24 AM

    jcbadger34 says:
    Jan 1, 2015 11:18 AM
    Vikings fans voting for Bridgewater as if he would deserve it…… 14 TDs to 12 INTs.

    They’re big fans of mediocrity up there in the frozen north.
    =========================================
    This post is of interest to all fan bases. Thanks jcbadger for showing them all what Viking fans already know. Packer fans may have a good team, too bad the fans lack the class to match.
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    Vikings fan talking about lack of class…..hilarious. How many times did you troll on Packers stories? Oh, just about every single time? Yeah, that’s right.

    Apparently “lack of class” to Vikings fans means “not being delusional about Teddy Bridgewater to the point of thinking he deserves ROY.”

  16. The only people who think Carr performed better than Bridgewater are Vikings haters or Raiders homers. Compare their stats over the season, and you’ll see that outside of TDs, Bridgewater outperformed Carr (and some veteran starters, for that matter) in every other category.

  17. Pick from any in the NFL,
    who would be first at each position?
    OBJ
    Already arguably the best in the game today at his position.

    Ball touches one of his hands, from any direction,
    done.
    Like spiderman, zap. Ball. Mine.
    Routine circus catches, consistent production, double cover him, get beat.
    Remarkable man, great player already, second to none.

    wikipedia entry list is silly.
    23 Giant records,
    34 NFL records.

  18. Again….sigh…
    Yet ANOTHER thread RUINED by idiot Packer fans who have to rush to post something derisive about the Vikings or Vikings fans.

    Your constant obsession with hating Vikings and poluting each thread is truly ruining PFT for me.

  19. I could get behind several of these candidates, but lets be honest, who did more with the least to work with? As in almost nothing to work with at all? That would be Derek Carr.

    He brought a longtime losing and completely dysfunctional for decades franchise to the brink of relevance.

  20. Mr Florio, your anti-Eagle bias is showing. How can you consider a guard over someone like Jordan Matthews who had 67 catches for 827 yards and 8 TDs? OBJ deserved it, no problem with that, but for Matthews not to even be a finalist?

  21. 2rue you haven’t been here long enough to cast any judgements. Why don’t Packer fans have any issues with any fanbases as opposed to Viking fans littering up every article with complete nonsense all because of their inferiority complex. You are just getting back all the bluster and bravado we have heard the whole offseason, about how you guys won the offseason championship, had the best draft, best free agents, the Packers are on decline, all the up and coming pro bowlers(that one was particularly funny), Super Bowl bound, division winners, Etc. Well now that every prognostication is wrong you just have deal with it.

    As far as Teddy Two Pick for ROY give me a break. Beckham is head and shoulders above everybody and a qb with as many to’s as tds is laughable to even be considered. You guys are trying to grasp at something positive from another dismal season, good luck and remember “Embrace The Suck”

  22. avikesfan says:
    Jan 1, 2015 11:51 AM
    @firestarter, you sir are an imbecile!
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    What a witty response! But thank you for demonstrating that Viking fans have been reduced to nothing but pathetic name-calling, personal attacks, and general trolling.

  23. Yeah, OBJ by a mile. I would have Carr second, IMO. Saw a lot of growth and the kid became a leader of men by the end of the year. He has the tools and I liked his composure and the way he communicated with his team, he had a sincere “we can do it guys!” oeuvre, rather like an anti-Cutler OB.

  24. I voted for Zack Martin because I felt he did it all by himself. His effort/effect wasn’t dependent on another player like QB/WR or OL/FB for a RB.

  25. willycents says:
    Jan 1, 2015 11:06 AM
    Question: How many of todays truly elite players won rookie of the year? I cannot think of any.
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    Suh, Kuechly. AP

    There is are only 2 a year, even when someone does get win ROY, there is usually a gap between the next time they have a chance to get any accolades. Especially if they get injured like Alonso.

    There are lot of great players like Lacy, and Roethliburger, but to be elite I feel you need to be one of the best 3 in your position. So there isn’t much room, to start with, and then you need to be the guy that just happened to win ROY. It certainly isn’t going to happen a lot.

  26. Vikings fans: The Packers have been a better team for over a decade, except 2009. Overall, they have the look and feel of a well-run franchise. Vikings, not so much. And, over their history, the superbowl wins give them the decided advantage in your rivalry. You don’t have bragging rights and your attempts to trash talk a clearly better team come off sounding a bit pathetic. Take a cue from Lions fans and learn a bit of humility.

    Packers fans: You have arguably the best QB in the league, the better overall better team, better management, and possibly the most devoted fanbase across the country. Gloating is unnecessary and classless.

    Basically, what I’m saying Vikings and Packers fans, is shut up. You don’t have to hijack every thread with your pointless bickering.

  27. You want to know how I decide? Which one of these rookies might I take over ANY player at same position in the NFL, rookie or not?

    Martin and OBJ….and then it’s OBJ no comparison.

    Bruce

  28. What impressed me most about Carr is this: 599 attempts, 12 interceptions (and the 12th was a desperation heave on his final pass of the season).

    That’s an average of 37.44 pass attempts per game, and a 0.75 interception rate per game. Both numbers are just crazy for a rookie.

    Usually, when QB’s in general (let alone rookies) throw the ball that much, they’re going to get picked way above average. And when the team around them is terrible, those INT’s go up even more.

    Peyton Manning also played on a terrible 3-13 team his rookie season, and threw the ball 575 times. The result? 28 picks. He threw 11 INT’s in his first 3 NFL games!!

    Now I’m by no means comparing Carr to Manning. And I can’t fault Beckham for winning the award. But especially when you consider how bad the team was around him, Carr really had a rookie season for the ages.

  29. I like Teddy Bridgewater… But he is no rookie of the year… He may be a good QB someday but he did nothing special compared to Rookie years of Cam, Luck, RG3, And many other QBs.

    The fact that you Viking Fans are crowning him like he is the next Brady is laughable. He is a good pocket passer, not like Odell Beckham who was a top 3 receiver in the league… Nobody want Teddy over Beckham…That means the best pick in the draft has to be rookie of the year and thats Beckham.

  30. Carr gets my vote, because I’m a Raider homer and am desperate for good news out of Oakland.

    With Carr as the starter and McGloin as the back-up, the QB position in Oakland looks to have finally improved. And all for less than the cost of Jamarcus Russell’s monthly codeine expenditures.

  31. ariani1985 says:
    Jan 1, 2015 11:56 AM
    And just think the packers passed up all of these studs in the Draft! The clown music is shredding their brains!
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    I understand that some things aren’t easily grasped by you, but can you explain to me how the Packers “passed up” OBJ,Mike Evans, or Martin? Those players were gone before the Packers 1st pick. The Packers also have their RB and QB, so why would the bother wasting a draft pick on one of the others.

    I do admire, that you’re not be afraid to show how little you understand not only of football, but a basic concept such as draft order.

  32. jcbadger34 says: Jan 1, 2015 11:31 AM

    Apparently “lack of class” to Vikings fans means “not being delusional about Teddy Bridgewater to the point of thinking he deserves ROY.”
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    There are two things (actually many more but I will just name two) that the GB fans/trolls seem to forget…….

    1) Teddy Bridgewater was nominated for rookie of the week three times, winning it twice. He absolutely deserves to be in the conversation regarding ROY.

    2) The Packers once went 20 years with only a handful of winning seasons. Yes, they are on top for now, ‘cept the one and done problem they have. Their time on top is nearly over. Maybe not next year, but the year after that, expect to see the Vikings back in the playoffs for many many years!

  33. “Question: How many of todays truly elite players won rookie of the year? I cannot think of any.”

    You either dont know much or you aren’t thinking very hard. I will give you a few:

    Adrian Peterson
    Randy Moss
    Lawrence Taylor
    Marshall Faulk
    Patrick Willis

    I’m gonna assume you know who those players are.

    See, you can learn something new everyday.

  34. Laughing at all the Viking homers who actually believe Bridgewater is better than Carr. I can say without any bias what-so-ever that Carr had a better season and has a brighter future ahead of him. It’s not just raider fans saying this, it’s the consensus of almost everyone that watches the game and works around the game.

    That said, Beckham is indeed deserving of the award with Carr a close second.

  35. It’s Beckham…

    There’s only been one Rookie WR to change the game like he has… That was Randy Moss… Moss changed the game as far as WR’s… You always had so many teams that always went for YAC… Then Moss came along, and people decided that big, fast, great body control type WR’s would be the best thing. You could take a mediocre QB, and just chuck it up there, and let that WR make a play on the ball, or get a PI penalty… Moss did that.

    Let’s face it. Eli, isn’t Peyton… Not even close. And OBJ could come down with anything he could get just a finger on.

    Look at it this way… Now, after the season is over. And post season will be starting. If you could go back to the draft, and had the very first overall pick.. Who would you take? Doesn’t matter if you have one of the best WR’s in the league. A talent like OBJ doesn’t come around every year, and you know you would use that #1 pick on him. He’s a game changer.

  36. Why would you overlook offensive linemen for the award?

    Certainly a player like Corey Linsley has contributed to his team’s success more than some unknown like Evans or Bilgewater.

    There is a rookie O-lineman for the Cowboys who is supposed to be pretty good too.

    Aaron Rodgers would not be having his MVP season if not for ROY Center Corey Linsley.

  37. I think it’s time for the NFL to ban gloves. Beckham’s gloves look like catcher’s mitts.

    When the football sticks to 3 fingers like velcro it’s time to send gloves the way of stickum.

  38. Linsley had a great year and was rated as the 5th best center in the NFL despite being a fifth rounder who was forced to start after a preseason injury. Wouldn’t rate him ahead of Beckham, Evans, Martin, or Hill, but he should be on the list.

  39. What the hell has Teddy Bridgewater done to deserve rookie of the year? Jarvis Landry from the dolphins should have been in the list, that was an insult to leave him out.

  40. “bunjy96 says: Jan 1, 2015 12:22 PM

    I voted for Zack Martin because I felt he did it all by himself. His effort/effect wasn’t dependent on another player like QB/WR or OL/FB for a RB.”

    Really, Zack only played on the line with 2 other First Round pics. Did Martin only play straight up 1 on 1 every snap? So he never received help from the center or right tackle?

    I don’t dispute Zack’s talent. But he isn’t an island on that Oline. Regardless of being a Giants fan, ODB was the only play maker on the offense once Cruz went down. All the Defenses had to do was stop #13. They couldn’t, number don’t lie, I voted for Odell.

  41. Teddy Bridgewater had the highest completion percentage in the NFL over his last 5 games.

    What a bum!

  42. My vote goes to OBJ.

    Having said that, if any Raider fan came on here last spring and claimed that ANY rookie QB was capable of digesting the playbook by July, starting all 16 games, and throwing 21 TDs and 12 picks, said fan would have been laughed at. And all that for a team with a running game that spent most of the season on a pace to be the league’s least productive since the 1940’s! For doing the most with the least, Carr is easily the top rookie QB this year.

  43. judalation says:
    Jan 1, 2015 12:40 PM
    Nobody want Teddy over Beckham…That means the best pick in the draft has to be rookie of the year and thats Beckham.
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    Nobody?? I don’t care how good Beckham is. A team that NEEDS a franchise QB would take Teddy every time. You are silly to think an NFL team starts with a WR. See Brady, Rodgers, Manning etc.

    As far as Carr > than Teddy you are talking like big homers. Give them 3 years and see who is best. My bet is Teddy, more football IQ and the calmest cat I have ever seen play QB, even as a rookie.

  44. I think it goes to OBJ. However, I can not believe all the Teddy hate. I believe his number one reliever was on a practice squad at the beginning of the year. He had a tremendous year with not a lot around him. I also think there is not enough love for Zach Martin on here. That guy is a flat out stud. Carr I think will be good but I don’t think he is as good as Teddy is currently

  45. Why does it matter enough to argue about?
    Whether any of us agree with who gets the award it’s not going to change what they do next year or any part of their career.
    Carr or Bridgewater are not going to be SB QB’s next year (or any year) if they win ROY. They may or nay not get there, but being considered or not doesn’t matter… Especially by us message board nerds

  46. Jeremy Hill. He played against better defenses and still dominated. Plus, I am a biased Bengal fan.

    (All that aside, I think all of them are worthy. Heck of a rookie class. If I had to pick someone else, OBJ would be it. Dude’s gonna be a beast)

  47. Bridgewater was good, Carr was very good, as was Evans… but for anyone to look at Beckham’s Numbers and say It should be anyone BUT him, is Biased and/or out of the friggin minds. 1,300+yards, AVERAGED 100.3 yards A GAME receiving, 12 TDs, More plays over 40 yards than any other receiver in League in final 7 games of season, Broke Something like 13 Rookie Receiving records, and every Giants Rookie Receiving record, throw in he averages 27 fantasy points per game (which, if you know Fantasy Football is OBSCENELY video game like)… And ALL of these mindboggling numbers came in 12 games! LMAO. I laugh because its utterly crazy the Statistics he put up.. compound it with fact he Saved his HEad Coach and GM’s Jobs. and reinvigorated the team he was on and made them all play better.. im sorry, this isnt even a question, it has to be Beckham Jr. No disrespect to the other rookies at all.

  48. I’m not saying OBJ is the best receiver in the league, but he’s in the conversation after playing three-quarters of a season… if that’s not ROY I don’t what is.

  49. Bridgewater! One nice katch and a decent stats shouldn’t win ROY and he had manning as a QB! teddy had a weak o-line average RB n WR but I wouldn’t be surprised if Beckham if he won it he is on the east coast n espn will show that katch allday and you packer fan need to stop hating what was Rodger rookie stats again? Nothing kuz he was sitting on the pine learning from a legend give kredit where is due n enjoy your team past success just saying

  50. humb0lt says:
    Jan 1, 2015 11:47 AM
    JaMarcus Russell won almost twice as many games for the Raiders in his first season as a starter than Carr did.

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    Philip Rivers and the chargers have won exactly zero Super Bowls.
    And their last rookie of the year faded out to mediocrity once he couldn’t take his steroids anymore and after he beat Tila Tequila

  51. Still laughing at the butt-hurt Bridgewater backers who can’t admit that their QB is not even the best one taken in the draft, let alone the best rookie. get over it Viking chumps. Be happy that your boys didn’t draft Johnny Football instead.

  52. You Raider chumps come see me at the end of next season when Teddy is FAR superior to Carr. Beckham needs to try a game or 2 without those Crash Bandicoot gloves. How couldn’t he catch the ball??

  53. ariani1985 says:
    Jan 1, 2015 11:56 AM
    And just think the packers passed up all of these studs in the Draft!
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    ……and somehow, they still OWN the Vikings!!! That must not feel good.

  54. Beckham is the ROY but to say Carr is better than Teddy is absurd. The reason Carr has better numbers is because his team was down all the time forcing him to throw. Teddy was 6-6 as a starter. What was Carr’s record as a starter?

  55. Of course I voted for Odell I am a Giants fan but even if he played for the epukes or the cowturds he would get my vote

    I am not happy about how this season ended but I see a third ring for Eli and Tom next season

    Fix the O line get a good pass rusher and a healthy Victor Cruz and Eli will be playing throw and catch all year long.

    The last 6 weeks everyone knew who Eli was passing to and the kid still caught the ball and ran he beat out some of the best and the respect the Corners and safeties showed him was outstanding.

    I am not ready to say he is the best but right now he is damn good.

    A full off season and training camp and this kid should rock the NFL next year

  56. pervyspankspackfans says:
    Jan 1, 2015 2:18 PM
    judalation says:
    Jan 1, 2015 12:40 PM
    Nobody want Teddy over Beckham…That means the best pick in the draft has to be rookie of the year and thats Beckham.
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    Nobody?? I don’t care how good Beckham is. A team that NEEDS a franchise QB would take Teddy every time. You are silly to think an NFL team starts with a WR. See Brady, Rodgers, Manning etc.
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    I think there are quite a few people out there that while Eli Manning is has been a solid QB. He has not played close to a franchise QB the last two years. I think they will be in the market for a QB very soon, as they should have been all ready.

    Right now I see OBJ doing things comparable to Steve Smith and Larry Fitz, helping marginal QB play look good.

    I know people like to treat he Hiesman and ROY alike, it almost always has to go to a QB, it needs to go to the best offensive Rookie. Theodore was very good this year, but only 1 of those guys looks like he could arguably be in the top 5 in their position already.

  57. Vikings fans who are saying that Bridgewater should be OROY over Beckham…there’s nothing wrong with being a “homer”, but that’s just being a “stupid homer” or a “delusional homer”.

  58. I hope Beckham wins, Cuz the only thing winning roy award does is make it harder to resign them!! Bridgewater doesn’t need roy award to know he’s good!

  59. abovethestereo says: Jan 1, 2015 6:15 PM

    The reason Carr has better numbers is because his team was down all the time forcing him to throw.

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    You obviously didn’t watch too many raiders game and are assuming that what you stated is the truth. Sad for you, but that just isn’t the case. Not only that, it’s not just Carrs stats, but it’s also his attitude and leadership, dedication, and overall mannerisms. he is everything one would want in an NFL QB. His dedication and pure knowledge of the game is far beyond that of Bridgewater’s.

    Bridewater would be a back up QB if he were on any team in the AFC West, and that’s pretty sad considering the Chiefs have Alex Smith.

  60. If they were voting for most pass completions within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, the Teddy is deserving. Not too accurate downfield but checkdowns help pad those stats.

  61. “whatjusthapped says: Jan 1, 2015 8:58 PM

    If they were voting for most pass completions within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, the Teddy is deserving. Not too accurate downfield but checkdowns help pad those stats.”

    Check your stats. on passes traveling 20 yards or more Teddy is 10th-best in the NFL

  62. whatjusthapped says: Jan 1, 2015 8:58 PM

    If they were voting for most pass completions within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage, the Teddy is deserving. Not too accurate downfield but checkdowns help pad those stats.

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    Spoken like a true packer’s troll

    Is it possible for Teddy Bridgewater to lead the entire league in yards per attempt in the last 5 games of the season if all he was doing was dumping the ball off and had poor accuracy downfield? Ya didn’t think so.

    ROY of the year deserves to go to Beckham Jr. No argument from me, a Vikings fan. Mike Evans even should be ahead of Teddy. But the fact that we have to point out the few players who deserve it over Teddy should show you all you need to know about him, he had a very good rookie year and is going to be a good QB in the NFL.

    As for the Carr vs. Bridgewater debate. Statistically speaking, Bridgewater beat Carr in almost every measurable category. Everyone on this site claims Teddy only checks the ball down, yet Teddy had the best yards per attempt at the end of the season, and 14th overall for the entirety of the season, while Carr had the absolute worst yards per attempt of any QB in the league. Teddy had a higher completion percentage, yards per game, QB rating, completion percentage under pressure, QB rating under pressure, and most importantly, a better record. Carr averaged .2 more TDs per game than Teddy, and less ints (although literally a third of Teddy’s INTs came of tipped balls by his WRs) and that’s it. And I know Raider fans like to boast about the terrible supporting cast that Carr had, but I think it’s an extreme over exaggeration to say his supporting cast was significantly worse than Teddy’s. Teddy had one semi reliable WR, compared to 0 on Oakland, his running game was terrible, as was Oakland’s (don’t let the rushing numbers for both teams fool you, Vikings ran a number of end arounds succesfully and Teddy had a decent number of QB runs as well). And Oakland had far and away the better offensive line. The Vikings lost their best offensive player for the year, their best offensive lineman for the year and were down 3 starting Olineman at one point in the season, as well as their staring TE for most of the season. Both the numbers, the names of the players he played with and what the coaches have said about Teddy proves that he actually made those around him better.

    But to clarify, I’m not suggesting that Carr is a bad QB, simply saying that given all the facts, Teddy Bridgewater was the most impressive rookie QB this year, and by far the most improved QB from the day he stepped on the field against New Orleans to the final game of the season.

  63. This from Phil Mackey. -According to Pro Football Focus, Bridgewater finished 10th in the NFL in deep pass accuracy rate this season (passes that traveled at least 20 yards in the air), ahead of established quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford and Eli Manning.
    But here’s another pro-Teddy statistic worth noting: The rookie led the NFL in accuracy rate under pressure. Just a smidge over 75% of Bridgewater’s passes were on the money when he faced pressure this season according to PFF. This includes a 58% completion rate.

    Teddy was 2nd in the NFL over the last 5 weeks in QB rating and tied for the best completion %. As well as 2nd in the league for yards per attempt.

  64. Beckham will win it, and should.
    Carr is good, I think he’ll be a good one. Bortles might turn out to be good as well.
    Right now Teddy is better, he should win a lot of games. And put up some good numbers. The Vikings made a great pick, like it or not.

  65. I voted for Beckham, but wow, most of you seem to have no idea how good Teddy Bridgewater’s season was.

    He thew at least one touchdown pass in 10 consecutive games…2nd best active streak in the NFL.

    Over the last 5 games only Tony Romo had a better passer rating….117.1 vs Teddy’s 103.0.

    Over the last 5 games he tied Romo for the league’s highest completion percentage at 72.1.

    He was throwing checkdowns you say? Well, he averaged 8.8 yards/attempt over those 5 weeks trailing only Russell Wilson’s 9.0 yards.

    Bridgewater can’t throw the deep ball you say? His 46.3% completion percentage on balls traveling over 20 yards in the air was 10th best in the NFL this season.

    His accuracy percentage (receiver drops taken into account)of 77.3% was 3rd best in the entire NFL last season trailing only Brees and Alex Smith.

    And here is the biggest kicker….Bridgewater was the 3rd most pressured QB in the league after McCown and Geno Smith. However, his 75.2% accuracy percentage while under pressure was BEST IN THE ENTIRE NFL THIS SEASON. By contrast, Aaron Rodgers had a 59.2% while under pressure, Andrew Luck 59.8%, and Peyton Manning 57.3%.

    Beckham had a historically good season, but so did Bridgewater. Carr’s stats were extremely pedestrian in comparison and he was asked to do FAR less in terms of utilizing the entire playbook and pre-snap reads.

  66. How many games did Carr play? (I dont care enough to look it up.) I know Bridgewater also only played 12 games. To say Carr should get the #2 spot of Bridgewater just because Bridgewater has a better team and better coaching isn’t relevant. What IS relevant is how well each individual player played in the number of games they had. At least half of Bridgewater’s 12 INTs were actually perfectly thrown passes that the receivers tipped into the hands of a defensive player, so really he is 14 TD to 6 INTs (look it up if you care to).

  67. I’m totally a Teddy Tard, BUT it needs to be said that this is the ROY award, not the “rookie most likely to have the most impactful career in the long run” award. We don’t need that award, that’s what being inducted into the HOF, or winning Super Bowls, is for.

    I said impactful because QBs get the nod for that over WRs (i.e. P. Manning, Rodgers, and Brady produce no matter who they have). So, will Carr or Bridgewater be more important to their teams than OBJ in the long run? Yet to be seen, but certainly possible, and I think so. But were they better as individuals in their position? this year? No, definitely not.

  68. Carr started all 16 games. He completed 348 of 599 attempts (58.1%) with a 5.5 yds/attempt average and a season QB rating of 76.6.

    Bridgewater started 12 games. He completed 259 of 402 (64.4%) with a 7.3/yds attempt average and a QB rating of 85.2.

    As I said earlier, what really made Bridgewater’s season historic was his statistics under pressure. We are talking better than anybody else in the NFL…Rodgers, Brees, Manning, Brady, etc. And he was the 3rd most pressured QB in the NFL last season. I can’t stress enough how truly amazing it is for a rookie QB to perform like that while under duress.

    Also, when comparing him to Carr….Bridgewater was given the entire playbook from his first start and showed impressive ability to make adjustments pre-snap. Carr was working with a very simplified and limited playbook.

  69. Odell Beckham is the most obvious rookie of the year we’ve seen in several years. He had a historically great season and is already one of the top five receivers in the league. No one else should even get a vote.

    That said, I wouldn’t trade Teddy Bridgewater for Beckham because it’s a lot harder to find an elite quarterback than to find an elite receiver and I think Teddy is well on his way. Both teams should be very happy with their rookies.

    As far as Carr vs. Bridgewater, I didn’t see a single game Carr played and I watched every game Bridgewater played. What I can say is that Teddy started out kind of rough and then got better and better every week. When he makes a mistake, he learns from it and doesn’t make it again. He went from having accuracy problems on deep balls to being one of the best downfield passers in the league. Just based on Carr’s statistics, it looks like he started out pretty good for a rookie and stayed at that level the whole season. You can make arguments on both sides for who had the better season, but Teddy is the guy who is on the trajectory toward stardom. His passer rating was the 7th-best in history for a rookie, so he’s got that going for him.

  70. shaggytoodle says:
    Jan 1, 2015 12:49 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jan 1, 2015 11:56 AM
    And just think the packers passed up all of these studs in the Draft! The clown music is shredding their brains!
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    I understand that some things aren’t easily grasped by you, but can you explain to me how the Packers “passed up” OBJ,Mike Evans, or Martin? Those players were gone before the Packers 1st pick. The Packers also have their RB and QB, so why would the bother wasting a draft pick on one of the others.
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    Makes sense to me, but then why do Packer fans constantly rip the Viking for passing on Aaron Rodgers? Daunte Culpepper was 28 years old and coming off one of the best quarterback seasons in NFL history, so why would they take a quarterback?

  71. Also, when comparing him to Carr….Bridgewater was given the entire playbook from his first start and showed impressive ability to make adjustments pre-snap. Carr was working with a very simplified and limited playbook.

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    Complete and utter BS, by the way. Carr knew the whole playbook by training camp, ran the whole playbook pretty much from game one against Rex Ryan’s D on the road, and refused a wristband in short order, unlike a lot of young QBsd who aren’t even rookies anymore (ahem, GENO!). Also free to audible from game one too.

    Hey, I expect a Viking fan to prefer his guy but you don’t have to make stuff up.

  72. You want to know how I decide? Which one of these rookies might I take over ANY player at same position in the NFL, rookie or not?

    Martin and OBJ….and then it’s OBJ no comparison.

    Bruce

    You would take Beckham over ANY WR after 12 games? You’re a fool.

  73. For me it has to be Teddy Bridgewater, for if no other reason than the fact that he affected victories. In the 12 starts for the rookie quarterback he went 6-6, all other rookie QBs went 6-36. Throw in the fact that just about everything that could go wrong with the Vikings offense did, three starting offensive linemen out for the year and the starting running back who just a couple years ago was the MVP of the league played not one snap with Teddy.

    Throw in another huge injury in the Vikings starting tight end Kyle Rudolph and that the receivers on the team offered little help to the point that a practice squad player from Cleveland ended the season as the Vikings number one receiver.

    The Minnesota Vikings were better in 2014 than 2013 without one of the league’s biggest stars for one reason and one reason only, Teddy Bridgewater!

    Where are the Giants better in 14 and 13 with Odelle Beckman? That’s debatable at best!

  74. Beckham will probably win due to the highlight reel catches and the publicity that goes with them, but only ONE of these players made the ALL-PRO team.

  75. Complete and utter BS, by the way. Carr knew the whole playbook by training camp, ran the whole playbook pretty much from game one against Rex Ryan’s D on the road, and refused a wristband in short order, unlike a lot of young QBsd who aren’t even rookies anymore (ahem, GENO!). Also free to audible from game one too.
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    I know a lot was made about how Derek Carr “knew the entire playbook” when he showed up for training camp, but there is a difference between knowing the entire playbook and being allowed to utilize the entire playbook. If you don’t believe me ask Christian Ponder.

    A piece was done on NFL Network a few weeks back illustrating the good and bad of Derek Carr. They broke down some film and showed how he struggled with his progressions and was only allowed to run certain plays he was comfortable with. They raved about his strong arm, but showed his deep ball inaccuracy. They also raved about his leadership and presence with his teammates on the field. Don’t get me wrong….I like Carr a lot. Early on in the draft process I was actually really hoping that the Vikings would pick him (over Manziel and Bortles) because I figured there was no way that Bridgewater would be there at #8. Then there was the glove incident and the rest is history.

  76. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Jan 2, 2015 12:29 PM

    Makes sense to me, but then why do Packer fans constantly rip the Viking for passing on Aaron Rodgers? Daunte Culpepper was 28 years old and coming off one of the best quarterback seasons in NFL history, so why would they take a quarterback?
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    Well it was 10 years ago and I think many fans have a little bit foggy memory of Culpepper’s career year, but when he was put on Madden’s Cover and cursed they probably should have considered drafting a QB… he then shredded his knee.

    Joking aside, I think that it has more to do with Williamson and James, having just awful NFL careers has more to do with the Packers digging on The Vikings, about possibly having Rodgers.

    I don’t think Rodgers would be as successful in Minny. It was a completely different situation, and other than Culpepper who had 2 HOF WRs to play with, they haven’t developed a QB in house in decades.

    You know better than anyone, those fan bases would rather pick on each other than attempt to have a smart convo about football.

  77. Glad to see some comments in support of Teddy over Carr cropping up. 14 of Carr’s 21 TDs came in the second half of games, which implies the Raiders fell behind early and got some scores in garbage time. In comparison, in their last five losses, the Vikings were outscored by 16 points. TOTAL. Carr was playing catch-up and compiling meaningless stats, Teddy was winning games, or at least keeping them close.

    I really do think the Raiders and Vikings had pretty similar offenses, to be honest. I can’t think of an area where Oakland is totally outshined by Minnesota on the offensive side of the ball (considering the injuries the Vikings sustained this year). I bet Teddy is the only non-injured, non-banned Vikings offensive player most people can name, aside from maybe Greg Jennings.

  78. Anyone saying that Carr is better than Bridgewater needs to crawl out from whattever rock they are hiding under.

    Every analyist (aka, those who get payed to analyze the games, not just read stats lines) say that Bridgewater has had a better year. Carr is dirt and he will be a bust just like his brother. Look at his YPA, he throws check downs every throw. Its easy to get completions and score meaningless touchdowns when you throw check downs every pass and when you are always 20+ behind.

    People need to stop comparing Bridgewater to Carr, because that is in all honesty a disgrace to Bridgewater. He has played the last 5 weeks with a better passer rating than Arron Rodgers. If you are gonna compare him to someone, compare him to Rodgers.

    Oakland fans won’t be happy unless Carr is annointed the best rookie qb ever. They don’t look at the facts. Instead they use logic saying that their team is bad, so that makes Carr good. lol doesn’t work that way. Maybe their team stinks partly cause their qb can’t throw. There is a reason why every analyist rates Carr 25 or higher out of 32 qbs in the league.

    We could compare Bridgewater’s team to Carr’s. Yes, the Vikings have a MUCH better defense. I don’t see that affecting the play of either QB much. Offensively, Carr has a top 10 O line, some people say top 5. Bridgewater has a 31st ranked O line. I see advantage Carr. How about WR? Well, the last 5 weeks of the season, Bridgewater’s number 1 reciever was a guy signed off of the Browns practice squad. Their number two is Gregg Jennings, a guy who was good when he had the best QB (rodgers) throwing to him. Corderrelle has been sitting on the bench and many now consider him a bust. So I’d say that the Raiders can’t have a worse WR core than the Vikings.
    How about RB? AP is out ever since Bridgewater took over. Mikinnin has been out. Vikings are down to their third string back in Asiata. He has been averaging just over 3 yards per carry (however, he is really good at the goal line, which explains Bridgewaters low TD/Int ratio). I’d say that the Raiders most likely don’t have a running game worse than the Vikings. I’d give a nod to Oakland in having a worse coach but that is it.

    As for strength of schedule, Its only fair to look at defense, not offense. Vikings played the Bills, Dolphins, and Lions twice while Bridgewater was QB. So I think the Vikings played plenty of tough enough defenses.

    There is a reason why Bridgewater has improved each week in the qb rankings. According to PFF, Bridgewater has the highest ranking in december of all active QBs. Yes, that includes Rodgers, Romo, Brees, etc etc. Since December, he had the fourth highest passer rating behind Romo, Eli, and someone else (forget who it was).

    Anyways, everyone will see next season why Vikings fans rave about Bridgewater. Cause they actually watched him this year. But other fans will see him a lot next year too, cause I see the Vikings deep into the playoffs next year and being featured in a lot of prime time games.

  79. As for strength of schedule, Its only fair to look at defense, not offense. Vikings played the Bills, Dolphins, and Lions twice while Bridgewater was QB. So I think the Vikings played plenty of tough enough defenses.
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    So next year what happens when they play tough defenses as the Seahawks, Cheifs (maybe), Rams, 49ers, and the Lions will still be in their division next year.

    I watched Bridgewater play half dozen games or so, he is good for a Rookie, but he needs to be more aware especially in crunch time and 3rd down plays.

    Since 1988 the Vikings have had 1 QB last longer than 5 years, and he had two HOF WRs making him look good. That shows, they can’t develop a QB in house, thats why they always run to FA to put bandage over it.

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