The night before the Super Bowl is usually the moment where the major individual accolades are given in the NFL and while there were almost no surprises, there was a shocking decision when the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award was announced.
Green Bay Packers’ RB Eddie Lacy won the award and was crowned as the most decisive offensive rookie of this past season and while an argument could be made for the selection – Lacy was selected to participate in the Pro Bowl and revitalized Green Bay’s rushing attack – the winner should have been San Diego Chargers’ WR Keenan Allen, who ended up having an even more spectacular year for the Bolts.
The third-rounder finished the year with 71 catches for 1,046 yards and also found the end zone eight times, leading all rookie receivers in the three categories. He was an instrumental part of what the Chargers did this season and went from being a good receiving prospect to Philip Rivers’ favorite weapon in one single season.
In fact, Rivers was given the Comeback Player of the Year Award and while it’s no surprise because he had a spectacular year, much of the success he had could be credited to the way Allen performed during the season. They created a good chemistry and it was fairly noticeable down the stretch as Rivers looked for him every time the Chargers were in the red zone or needed a big play.
Lacy was clearly the best rookie RB this season and has all merits to win the award. But Allen was much more important for the Chargers than Lacy was for the Packers and based on that criteria, the wideout should’ve taken the award with him.