The times are changing in the NFL.
The old standard practice in the league was to ease your rookies into the starting lineup without placing any pressure on them to make a contribution in their first professional season. This especially held true for rookie quarterbacks, as they often held a clipboard rather than play a down in their first year.
Now, teams are looking for young, athletic players who can make an immediate impact on their roster without becoming a huge salary cap hit.
Here are the dark horse candidates to win NFL offensive rookie of the year.