NFL Rookie of the Year Watch: Watson closes gap

By Hayden Bonine

Sports Blogger

@HaydenBonine

In Week 4 of the 2017 NFL season, the rookie class continued to shine. Several had big days, but unfortunately, a few had bad days.

Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs, 68 carries, 502 rushing yards, four touchdowns, 13 receptions, 157 yards, two touchdowns

Kareem Hunt continues to run through NFL defenses. He showcased his skills again with a 101-yard performance. Hunt is still leading the league with 502 rushing yards. His rushing yard margin over second place Todd Gurley stands at 140. Hunt is averaging 125.5 rushing yards per game. He remains a weapon in the passing game, catching four passes for 20 yards on Monday night. Despite his outstanding performance through four games, Hunt could be stifled because of key injuries in the Chiefs’ offensive line.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans, 74-of-114, 811 passing yards, seven touchdowns, 148 rushing yards, two touchdowns

(scottclause.com, Flickr)

DeShaun Watson put on a show Sunday against the Titans. His five touchdown performance (four passing, one rushing) gave fans a chance to see how great he can be. Watson led the Texans’ offense to a franchise record 57 points in Sunday’s win. He continues to pace quarterbacks with 148 yards rushing. With the return of wide receiver Will Fuller V alongside DeAndre Hopkins, Watson could put up more performances like Sundays.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars, 81 carries, 285 rushing yards, three touchdowns, 12 receptions, 125 yards, one touchdown

Jaguars’ rookie Leonard Fournette has been quietly productive. His team has had a tough schedule thus far, contributing to lackluster numbers. The focal point of the Jaguars’ offense, Fournette has been singled out in opponents’ gameplans. He recorded his first career receiving touchdown in Sunday’s loss to the Jets. Look for Fournette to continue his steady production.

Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears, 30 carries, 181 rushing yards, 0 rushing touchdowns, 24 receptions, 150 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown

Tarik Cohen has declined steadily over the past few weeks. He remains the Bears’ most threatening pass-catcher, but hardly much else. He recorded less than 50 total yards on Sunday. The return of starting running back Jordan Howard is no doubt contributing to his downward trend.

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