Another week of football has passed and the NFL’s rookies continue to shine. In a week that made the new general manager of the Oakland Raiders, Mike Mayock, look like a genius, new faces continued to emerge as we enter the tail end of the NFL season. Who has emerged as the front runners for Rookie of the Year? Find out in this week’s edition of the Rookie Rankings. As always, let’s start off with a couple of honorable mentions.
The Buccaneers 2018 season was a roller coaster, to say the least. Jameis Winston started the season suspended so Ryan Fitzpatrick opened the season as the starter. Then, “fitzmagic” happened. They opened the season 2-0 after wins against New Orleans and the then Super Bowl champion Eagles. Once Winston returned, he and Fitzpatrick each traded off the starting role multiple times. After the impressive start, the team stumbled its way to a 5-11 finish, missing the playoffs for the tenth straight year, resulting in the firing of coach Dirk Koetter. Koetter’s replacement is former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who has the difficult task of taking this team from the NFC cellar to super bowl contenders. Continue reading →
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were focused on defense early in the 2019 NFL Draft, picking a potential top linebacker in this class, in Devin White and then grabbing a talented corner out of Central Michigan, Sean Bunting. Two sensible picks that shouldn’t backfire. Following the Bunting selection, they grabbed two more defensive backs, including another corner, as well as a safety. Given Tampa Bay’s pass defense was a real mess last season, surrendering 259.4 yards per game to rank 25th in the NFL. Deciding to go defensive back early and often, they did a good job of focusing on that deficiency and trying to fix it. Continue reading →