The halfway mark of the NFL season is a common time for the top rookies to be arbitrarily crowned with midseason Rookie of the Year awards. But it’s also a point where those who actually vote on the end-of-season awards are likely starting to consider who the top candidates to receive their Rookie of the Year votes will be.
Even in the eighth week of the NFL season, there were still candidates emerging, including Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, who makes his debut in Bleacher Report’s NFL Rookie Rankings this week after an 154-yard rushing performance versus the Atlanta Falcons.
With each of the following 25 players still having eight or nine games left on their regular-season schedules, it’s too early to count any of them out of the Rookie of the Year races.
The players who make up this week’s NFL Rookie Rankings have displayed significant playmaking ability in their first half-seasons and have already emerged as important players on their rosters.
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