Top 5 Candidates for 2013 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

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Top 5 Candidates for Offensive Rookie of the Year

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With the 2014 NFL playoffs Wild Card weekend already complete, it’s getting closer to the time to start thinking about who will get the various league awards. Most Valuable Player, Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year are all very popular. With that being said, Offensive Rookie of the Year might just be the closest award of the season.

There are several talented candidates who deserve to be mentioned in the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year. However, I believe it will come down to two players in particular. Considering those two players play different positions, it will be interesting to see how the voters try to decide who deserves the honor the most.

One player in particular that will be in the discussion is Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy. The guy is a beast who could be considered the best in the league in just a few years. On top of that, he will make the Packers a very dangerous team as long as Aaron Rodgers is still playing quarterback. The only thing now is to find out where he ranks among the other top four candidates.

Make sure to click through the slide show to see the top 5 candidates for the 2013 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Also, make sure to comment below on who you believe deserves to be the Rookie of the Year. Along with that, mention any rookie’s name that was not on the list but you believe should be talked about.

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5. Giovani Bernard

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Giovani Bernard, who was the first running back taken in the 2013 NFL Draft, had a very successful season for the Cincinnati Bengals. His rushing numbers weren’t up there with a few other top-tier backs. However, he definitely made a big impact every time he touched the ball. Bernard rushed for 695 yards and five touchdowns on 170 attempts. He also caught 56 passes for 514 yards and three touchdowns. Even though his performance wasn’t good enough to be named Offensive Rookie of the Year, he definitely deserves to be mentioned in the conversation.

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4. Le’Veon Bell

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin stated that he didn’t regret his decision to take Le’Veon Bell over several other prominent running backs in the 2013 NFL Draft. There’s no question Tomlin was correct with his statement because Bell was a huge threat this past season. Not only did he excel in the running game (860 rushing yards, seven touchdowns) but also he did great work as a receiver. Bell hauled in 45 receptions for 399 yards.

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3. Zac Stacy

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Running back Zac Stacy put together a great season for the St. Louis Rams in 2013. In fact, any other year and Stacy would have been the talk of the town in the rookie class. Even though his performance was just shy of being off the charts, he still managed to put up some tremendous numbers. Stacy rushed for 973 yards and seven touchdowns on 250 carries. He also averaged 3.9 yards per carry and 69.5 yards per game.

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2. Keenan Allen

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Wide receiver Keenan Allen comes in at a very close second for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Allen ranked first among rookie wide receivers in receptions (71), receiving yards (1,046), yards per game (69.7), receiving touchdowns (8) and number of catches of 20 yards or more (16). He is a game changer and someone who will do plenty of good for a long time for the San Diego Chargers.

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1. Eddie Lacy

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There’s no question in my mind that Lacy will be the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He set the Packers franchise record for rushing yards in a season by a rookie (1,178). Along with that, he recorded 11 touchdowns and 4.1 yards per carry. The fact that he led all rookie running backs in rushing attempts, attempts per game, total rushing yards, yards per game and rushing touchdowns should mean that he’s a lock for the award.

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