The NFL’s best rookies haven’t necessarily been the players getting the most attention or having the most team success, but a number of players have made very strong cases for Rookie of the Year awards with only four weeks remaining in the season.
While the New York Jets have lost three games in a row, defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson has continued to be a star. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen continued to look like stars in Week 13 losses, while New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell made moves up this week’s Rookie Rankings in losses for their teams.
On the other hand, Detroit Lions right guard Larry Warford and defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant and Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei are among the players moving up the rankings this week after helping lead their teams to victories.
Each of those players are among the 25 who constitute Bleacher Report’s NFL Rookie Rankings heading into the season’s final quadrant.
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