If you don’t already go to ProFootballFocus.com for all of your obscure football statistics’ needs, make sure you check them out. Today, PFF released their Mid-Season All-Rookie team! Included on that list are the top performers at each position, graded by a specific algorithm for that given position. The grading puts the player on a spectrum, with negatives values indicating negative performances, and positives, of course, indicating positive performances.
Here is their starting All-Rookie offense at the “skill positions”: Robert Griffin III (QB), Doug Martin (RB), Will Johnson (FB), Alshon Jeffery and Chris Givens (WRs), and Dwayne Allen (TE)
“Givens makes the team on the strength of his big-play ability. He’s averaged a ridiculous 25.6 yards on his 13 receptions and he has five plays of 50+ yards this season” -PFF, on Givens
The inclusion of Alshon Jeffery is a bit suspect, especially considering he is already battling the injury bug. Jeffery has 14 catches (T-11th among rookies) for 184 yards (13th) and 2 touchdowns (T-4th) on the season. His name is especially mind-boggling considering that Josh Gordon has 417 yards and 4 touchdowns, including 7 catches for 20+ yards. However, the important matter is that Chris Givens talents are being recognized by someone outside of Rams Nation. Prior to the Indianapolis-Jacksonville game on Thursday Night Football, Givens had 13 receptions (15th) for 333 yards (3rd), which is good for 25.6 yards per catch (1st). He also had 2 touchdowns on the season, and leads all rookies with 5 catches of 40+ yards. In fact, Givens leads the NFL in that category, a total that will likely increase with the return of Danny Amendola to the St. Louis Rams lineup.
If you flip over to the second page of the All-Rookie team, you will see the defensive and special teams players. Sadly, the injury to Michael Brockers and the recent underperforming by Janoris Jenkins had left all the St. Louis Rams rookies off of the list. However, the Rams did make the cut on special teams, but not who you might think…
Had it not been for the windy, cluster of a day in Miami, Greg Zuerlein would likely be in the talks for the best kicker in the NFL, not just the best rookie. Alas, he has missed 3 field goals this season, and for the first time last week, failed to successfully kick a field goal in a game. The man that made the All-Rookie list instead was our punter, Johnny Hekker,
“Hekker is our sixth-ranked punter and he’s fourth in the league at 49.0 yards/punt. He narrowly edges Jacksonville Jaguars punter Bryan Anger who is our 11th-ranked player at the position.” -PFF, on Hekker
Hekker has definitely been an all-star on the St. Louis Rams this season, although he struggled a bit during the Miami game as well. He played a huge role in some of the earlier games in the season, and has won Rookie Special Teams Player of the Week twice already this season. To top it all off, Hekker has a touchdown pass this season…