Top 10 Rookie of the Year candidates entering Week 10
There’s been one man who has stood out in the PFF Race for Rookie of the Year. That player?
The Bills’ cornerback has exhibited a level of consistency that deserves much applause. But as good as he has been, trouble may be brewing for him. You see, there’s a young running back who is starting to impose himself on the league. Could Todd Gurley supplant Darby at the top? Let’s find out.
1. Ronald Darby, CB, Bills (88.7)
Darby didn’t have his best game against the Dolphins, and that has allowed the gap between he and Gurley to shrink. The Bills’ CB still has a comfortable lead, but he’s going to be looking over his shoulder from here on out.
2. Todd Gurley, HB, Rams (83.8)
Gurley is really hitting his stride now, and while he didn’t break the 100-yard mark, he did get a lot more than his O-line were giving him in Week 9.
3. Leonard Williams, DE, Jets (83.6)
Williams is seeing less playing time now and making fewer plays when he is on the field. If he wants to maintain a place in the top three, he needs to find a way back to the form he was in for Weeks 3 to 6.
4. Damarious Randall, CB, Packers (81.0)
Another strong performance against Carolina, where he recorded his second pick of the season and seventh pass break up.
5. Adrian Amos, S, Bears (81.2)
He’s not flashy, but has been an incredibly solid performer for the Bears, showing up ready to play every week.
6. Amari Cooper, WR, Raiders (78.1)
There’s a lot to like about Cooper, but two more drops this week (that’s eight on the year) held him back from climbing the list.
7. Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings (87.0)
Week 9 brought his quietest game since breaking out against the Rams. Is it a blip, or a sign of things to come?
8. Karlos Williams, RB, Bills (78.6)
Playing time is always an issue behind LeSean McCoy, but when he gets the opportunities, he’s really making them count.
9. Mitch Morse, C, Chiefs (76.9)
Morse returns to action this week, where he’ll be looking to secure his spot as the top rookie lineman.
10. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jaguars (78.4)
Yeldon really couldn’t get much going against the Jets, with his longest gain accounting for 70 percent of his yardage and forcing just one missed tackle.
Henry Anderson, DE, Colts: Through no fault of his play, Anderson drops out of the race after tearing his ACL. A shame, given his excellent rookie year.
Five to watch
Jamison Crowder, WR, Redskins: Not a great showing against New England, but if he can find some of his earlier season form, he has a chance at cracking the top 10.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans: Mariota looked good on his return from injury. More of the same is needed.
Vic Beasley, DE, Falcons: The pressure is developing, but he needs to get his hands on the quarterback more.
Markus Golden, OLB, Cardinals: Golden was making a name for himself before the bye week. Can he keep it up when he returns?
Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers: After he looked to turn a corner, the Buccaneer has had some struggles in the past couple of weeks.