Alright, everyone — it’s time to look like an absolute homer!
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a pair of rookies in defensive end Josh Allen and quarterback Gardner Minshew who could headline what was a fantastic draft class for the team last year.
Allen is 9th in the NFL with 7.0 sacks and tied for the lead among rookies with San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa. He’s keeping up with Bosa in terms of tackles, pressures, quarterback hits, snap count percentage, and any other relevant statistic you can throw at him.
Minshew was thrust into the starting job after Nick Foles went down with a clavicle injury in the first quarter of the season opener and has posted a winning record after seven starts. He’s a top-10 player across NFL quarterbacks in adjusted yards per attempt, yards per completion, and percentage of passes intercepted and he’s far and away the best rookie quarterback statistically.
And both players received a combined two votes from an NFL.com panel during their midseason votes for various superlative awards around the league. Here’s the voting breakdown:
2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year
1. Josh Jacobs (11 votes: Bhanpuri, Blair, Carr, Casserly, Filice, Gbajabiamila, McGinest, Parr, Patra, Reece, Smith)
2. Kyler Murray (9 votes: Baldinger, Battista, Brandt, Cersosimo, Chadiha, Hanzus, Robinson, Rosenthal, Tomlinson)
3. Terry McLaurin (3 votes: Hall, Jones, Trotter)
4. Gardner Minshew (2 votes: Bergman, Rank)
5. Marquise Brown (1 vote: Thomas)
Defensive Rookie of the Year
1. Nick Bosa (23 votes: Baldinger, Battista, Bergman, Bhanpuri, Blair, Brandt, Carr, Casserly, Cersosimo, Chadiha, Filice, Gbajabiamila, Hall, Hanzus, Parr, Patra, Rank, Reece, Robinson, Rosenthal, Smith, Thomas, Trotter)
2. Devin Bush (3 votes: Jones, McGinest, Tomlinson)
As far as Offensive Rookie of the Year goes, how Minshew is getting fewer votes than McLaurin (on pace for less than 1,000 yards receiving) and Murray (same passing yards, more touchdowns, fewer interceptions) is astounding. I’ll admit that Jacobs has been impressive and deserves votes, but who’s making a bigger impact? Who’s playing the more important position?
And if you want to crown Bosa as the Defensive Rookie of the Year, fine. He’s playing on a better defense and has matched Allen’s production in 100 fewer snaps. But zero votes? Devin Bush? C’mon, man.
This has been my weekly homer column. Go Jaguars.