In what initially looked like a landslide, the Rookie Offensive of the Year race has become significantly more exciting over the past few weeks. Bengali receiver Ja’Marr Chase should still be considered the leader, but before NFL Pro Bowl queuer and current CBS Sports NFL analyst London Fletcher believes Patriots midfielder Mac Jones appeared a legitimate candidate to win the award.
Fourth defender selected in 2021 NFL Drafts, Jones is completing 69% of his passes for 2,337 yards with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In his last four games, Jones has made six touchdowns while being intercepted only once, while helping New England win each of those games. In the 45-7 game against Cleveland last Sunday, Jones established a season-high completing 82.6% of his passes with three touchdowns.
“I think it’s really a battle between Mac Jones and Ja’Marr Chase for Offensive Rookie of the Year, because Mac, what he can do, and the Patriots are in the thick of things, ‘ said Fletcher. “He’s playing well. He’s a big reason why they can get where they are right now and really have a chance to challenge. Receipt for that split and get through to the knockout round. “
Jones will be the fourth Patriots player to win the award and the first since the Hall of Fame ran back Curtis Martin to have won the honor in 1995. Jones credited offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for his steady growth in the first 10 games of the season. That growth has prompted Jones to throw more on the field in recent weeks. And though he admits he had some autonomy until his pre-audition, Jones wouldn’t decipher how much freedom he had to alter plays along the lines of the script.
“It’s top secret information” Jones said beginning of the week. “You’ll have to ask Josh or coach (Bill) Belichick about that.”
The third player selected in last year’s draft, Chase caught 44 passes for 835 yards and seven touchdowns in the first nine games of the season. The former LSU standout player caught five 101-foot passes and a touchdown on his regular-season debut. Two weeks later, Chase recorded his first multi-touchdown game while helping the Bengals beat AFC North rivals Steelers. Against Raven in Week 7, Chasing eight passes that hit the 201-yard mark for the season and a touchdown in Cincinnati’s 41-17 win.
The more attention Chase has attracted from defense is starting to show, as Chase has combined nine passes for 81 yards and one touchdown in the Bengals’ last two games. And while the defense will continue to work to minimize his output, Fletcher still feels that Chase should be seen as the frontrunner to win Offensive Rookie of the Year in the final two months of the season. . Chase will join co-recipients Carl Pickens (1992) and Eddie Brown (1985) as the only Bengals players to win the award.
“Ja’Marr Chase, he’s had such a great start,” Fletcher said. “If he could get back to some of those numbers, he would probably win that award, but Mac Jones closed that gap on the offensive Rookie of the Year title.”
https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/has-mac-jones-closed-the-gap-on-jamarr-chase-for-oroy-nfl-analyst-london-fletcher-feels-its-close/ Has Mac Jones closed the gap with Ja’Marr Chase for OROY? NFL analyst London Fletcher feels it’s close