With the 2020 NFL season almost in the books, the Pro Football Writers of America have revealed their selection for Rookie of the Year.
The Rookie of the Year is none other than Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Hebert. This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone considering how well the Oregon product looked this season. Additionally, he was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Herbert didn't begin the season as the starting quarterback for the Chargers, yet he managed to break the NFL rookie record for most touchdown passes thrown with 31. He also finished his rookie campaign with a whopping 4,336 passing yards.
As for the PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year, that honor went to Chase Young. Similar to the Herbert selection, this should be viewed as a no-brainer.
Young was dominant in his first season with Washington, registering 44 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles.
The race for the Offensive Rookie of the Year would've been extremely tight if Joe Burrow didn't suffer a torn ACL during the middle of the regular season. Burrow was having an incredible rookie year, but his accomplishments were quickly overshadowed by Herbert's. Now that their rookie seasons are officially over, Herbert and Young can start preparing for their second year in the pros. The expectations will be high for these two emerging stars.
Chargers QB Justin Herbert has been named the @PFWAwriters NFL Rookie of the Year, as well as their Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Washington DE Chase Young was chosen by the PFWA as its Defensive Rookie of the Year.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 19, 2021