NFL Rookie of the Year Watch: Watson performing dominantly

By Hayden Bonine

Sports Blogger

@HaydenBonine

 

Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs, 97 carries, 609 yards, four touchdowns, 16 receptions, 166 yards, two touchdowns

Another week, another 100 yard performance from Kareem Hunt. Hunt has rushed for 100 yards in all but one game, however in that game, Hunt recorded 28 receiving yards, which surpassed the 100-yard mark for total yards. Hunt is far above the rest of the candidates not only because of his production but also his consistency. Three of his five game have been against run defenses in the top half of the league. He leads the NFL in nearly all its rushing statistics including rushing yards, yards per carry (6.3), rushes of more than 20 yards (seven), rushes of more than 40 yards (three) and yards per game (121.8). Don’t be surprised if Hunt has a huge performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which has the 28th ranked rushing defense.

Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans, 90-of-145, 1,072 yards, 12 touchdowns, 179 rushing yards, two touchdowns

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Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson lit up the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. He threw for 261 yards and five touchdowns. His 31 rushing yards added to his league-leading rushing total for quarterbacks. Watson’s back-to-back five-touchdown performances are impressive. Those numbers could be surpassed this week, as Watson is matched up against the Cleveland Browns, who are 28th in total yards allowed.

Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars, 109 carries, 466 yards, five touchdowns, 13 receptions, 128 yards, one touchdown

The once-vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense had no answer for Leonard Fournette on Sunday. He ran for 181 yards, his highest rushing total of his career. His 466 rushing yards are second in the NFL. He is the co-leader in rushing touchdowns with five. The Jaguars face the Los Angeles Rams this week. The Rams have the 27th rush defense. It is not out of the question to think Fournette could surpass his career high for yards on Sunday.

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers, 32 carries, 174 yards, two touchdowns, one reception, nine yards

Packers’ running back Aaron Jones made his first NFL start on Sunday. Jones ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns. He did not record a carry through the first three weeks, but an injury to Green Bay’s primary running back Ty Montgomery thrust Jones into the spotlight. Despite his lackluster rush totals compared to Fournette and Hunt, Jones is averaging more than five yards per carry. The Packers have a tough matchup this week in the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings’ defense is 7th in rushing yards allowed, so Jones could experience some tough sledding on Sunday. He might have gotten off to a late start, but Jones will be a rookie to watch.

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