This week’s topic:
Who will be the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year?
While last week’s answer for most improved offense following the draft was subtle, this week’s response is anything but.
The position that makes the easiest transition to the next level has historically been the running back position. Aside from picking up complex blitz packages, the jump to the NFL is pretty seamless. Granted you have to be bigger, stronger, and faster, but if you didn’t have those attributes you wouldn’t get the opportunity anyway.
Of the rookie RBs, nobody has a more favorable situation than Ryan Matthews. The Chargers jumped up in the draft to get him, and he will basically be handed the keys (barring an injury or contract dispute) as the feature tailback.
He’s not going to a losing team like C.J. Spiller (Buffalo) or Jahvid Best (Detroit) where his team will be playing from behind frequently limiting the running game. They also have a high-powered passing game that will keep Matthews from facing eight men in the box. He figures to be the main carrier in the red zone. Everything adds up to an impressive debut. One that should net him the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.