Turns out, leading all NFL rookies in sacks isn’t nearly as impressive as it should be.
Former Kentucky Wildcat defensive end and current Jacksonville Jaguars first-year stud, Josh Allen, did not win the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award. San Francisco 49ers rookie Nick Bosa was the overwhelming choice to win the award, picking up 43 of the votes. Bosa was expected to win the award coming into the season and its no surprise to see him command so may of the votes after a terrific rookie season.
But for Allen to receive just one vote is a crime. In fact, he finished fourth in voting behind Maxx Crosby of the Oakland Raiders (4 votes) and Devin Bush of the Pittsburgh Steelers (2 votes).
My best guess as to why is this: The Jaguars went 6-10, the 49ers are in the Super Bowl. Winning is always prioritized for awards like these.
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year voting:
— Anthony Galaviz (@agalaviz_TheBee) February 1, 2020
I didn’t see Crosby or Bush’s name on the Pro Bowl roster, either *curious face emoji*. But I’m sure Allen is more than used to being disrespected at this point in his career. All it’s going to do is add fuel to the fire.
Allen finished his rookie campaign with 10.5 sacks, 44 tackles (31 solos), and 11 tackles for loss.