On Wednesday morning, the 2022 AP Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Yr Finalists have been launched. Three offensive and three defensive finalists have been named, neither of which included any gamers from the New Orleans Saints.
The three offensive finalists have been QB Brock Purdy (SF), WR Garrett Wilson (NYJ) and RB Kenneth Walker III (SEA).
New Orleans Saints rookie large receiver Chris Olave was not included as a finalist.
The AP’s announcement this morning has been met with notable skepticism from the New Orleans fanbase and past. However is the skepticism backed by the numbers?
With all due respect to Brock Purdy, he solely began 7 video games this season. #Saints WR Chris Olave for instance, performed 15 video games and reached 1,042 yards as a rookie WR enjoying with largely Andy Dalton. How does Purdy get the nod over Olave.
*Awards shall be introduced on Feb ninth.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 25, 2023
Olave undoubtedly had a really spectacular rookie season, as did the finalists who have been elected. Let’s take a look at Olave compared to Wilson.
Olave recorded 1,042 yards this season in 15 video games – second most amongst rookie receivers. Wilson recorded 1,103 yards by means of 17 video games – probably the most amongst rookie receivers. Nevertheless, Olave completed the yr with 69.5 yards per sport in comparison with Wilson’s 64.9. Each Olave and Wilson recorded 4 touchdowns.
Kenneth Walker III additionally had a really spectacular rookie marketing campaign, ending within the high 15 for dashing yards this season (1,050). He additionally recorded 9 touchdowns on the yr in 15 video games.
Brock Purdy, in contrast to the three aforementioned gamers, didn’t play a full season. Nevertheless, in his 9 video games, two of which have been postseason, he recorded 1,374 yards, 13 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. A powerful stint, particularly given his circumstances.
Nevertheless, ought to particular circumstances be a deciding issue for awards like these? Ought to the truth that Purdy was “Mr. Irrelevant” and overcame unimaginable odds overshadow the outstanding and historic season that Chris Olave had?
Purdy has had an incredible season. There is no such thing as a doubt that his feat to develop into the beginning quarterback for a sizzling San Francisco crew is outstanding. Nevertheless, it feels as if Purdy’s nomination was extra of a “fill within the gaps” decide primarily based on the theoretical idea of him being a starter for the entire yr.
#Saints rookie WR Chris Olave joins Michael Thomas and Marques Colston as solely the third particular person in franchise historical past to document 1000 yards of their rookie marketing campaign#CARvsNO
— Saints PR (@SaintsPR) January 8, 2023
No matter this award, Olave’s season needs to be remembered as among the finest seasons by a Saints rookie within the historical past of the franchise. The long run is brilliant for the previous Ohio State Buckeye.