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RG3 is still the leading OROY candidate
Week 4 of the 2012 season saw Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill emerge with 431 passing yards against an Arizona Cardinals defense that had been tough to move the ball against.
Another rookie with a huge game was New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden, who exploded for 137 rushing yards on just 16 carries for an average of 8.6 yards per rush. He scored one touchdown and looked like he could become the featured back for the Patriots with his physical style of running.
Colts QB Andrew Luck had his bye week, so that left the spotlight for the pair of Washington Redskins rookies to continue to shine; namely quarterback Robert Griffin III and running back Alfred Morris.
Griffin is ranked as the No. 4 quarterback in the NFL Passer Ratings at 103.2. His average of 8.63 yards per attempt is the third-best mark out of every QB in the NFL. Griffin is clearly the leading candidate right now for the Rookie of the Year award.
Not too far behind him is his running back, Alfred Morris. Morris is ranked as the No. 5 running back in the NFL with 376 yards and is averaging a very healthy 4.6 yards per rush.
In my opinion, the two Redskins rookies have played at a higher level than the rest of the 2012 rookie crop, but since there are still 13 weeks left to play, there is still time for other candidates to step up.
Clearly, Tannehill stepped up against the Cardinals. He took Arizona to overtime, and was more effective against their defense than Tom Brady or Michael Vick was. Most people laughed at the lack of quality receivers that Miami had coming into the season, but throwing for 431 yards is hardly a joke.
Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery will be one of the featured players performing later tonight on Monday Night Football, so we will see what he can do in the national spotlight.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is ranked No. 17 and Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson is ranked No. 19 for all NFL running backs after four weeks.