Two of the main contenders for the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award had been on the similar discipline Sunday, as Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb and Los Angeles Chargers security Derwin James merely confirmed their entrance-runner statuses for that 12 months-finish dialog.

As the Broncos escaped with a 23-22 victory, Chubb completed with seven tackles, a sack, two tackles for losses and two quarterback hits. Chubb is threatening the rookie document for sacks — 14.5, set by Jevon Kearse in 1999 — as Chubb now has 9 sacks in 10 video games, together with 7.5 in the previous 5 video games.

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“I feel he’s the Defensive Rookie of the Year,” mentioned Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who won the award in 2011. “I mentioned at the starting of the 12 months the sacks would come for him, and he’s exhibiting what form of participant he’s. The sky is the restrict.”

James, who the Chargers grabbed with the 17th choose of the first spherical in April, completed Sunday’s recreation with seven tackles in the loss to give him 71 for the season to go together with three.5 sacks, an interception and 7 passes defensed.

“… He’s an superior participant,” Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers mentioned final week. “Thank goodness he fell to us when he did … he makes you look on the market no less than one time a recreation and go, ‘Oh my gosh, did you see that play he simply made?’”

From recreation evaluation and dialogue with personnel evaluators, right here’s a take a look at the prime 10 rookies on protection and offense after 11 weeks:

Top 10 (stats are Weeks 1 to 11 mixed)

Derwin James’ move-dashing function would possibly diminish with the return of Joey Bosa. Tom Walko/Icon Sportswire

1. S Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers

Stats: 71 tackles, three.5 sacks, 7 passes defensed

Earlier rating: 1

James’ versatility continues to hold him in the prime spot. Joey Bosa has returned to the Chargers’ lineup — he performed 31 snaps in his first recreation motion of the season on Sunday — so James, who has moonlighted as a move-rusher, would possibly play extra in protection in the weeks to come.

Stats: 1,984 yards passing, 13 touchdowns, 61.eight completion proportion

Earlier rating: three

The Browns had a Week 11 bye, however Mayfield continues to develop into the job rapidly, given he has 9 landing passes and two interceptions in his previous 4 video games mixed. In his newest begin, he went 17-of-20 passing with three touchdowns in Cleveland’s win over Atlanta.

Stats: 104 tackles, four compelled fumbles, 5 sacks

Earlier rating: four

Leonard had a hat trick of types this previous Sunday with an interception, a compelled fumble and sack in the Colts’ win over the Titans. And other people can’t say they weren’t warned, as manner again in coaching camp the first man to choose off Andrew Luck was Leonard.

four. LB Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos

Stats: 37 tackles, 9 sacks, 1 FF

Earlier rating: 5

Chubb already has collected sacks in opposition to some of the league’s greatest after he bought to Philip Rivers as soon as on Sunday in a season when he additionally has sacked the Rams’ Jared Goff 3 times, Joe Flacco as soon as and Deshaun Watson as soon as.

5. CB Denzel Ward, Cleveland Browns

Stats: 42 tackles, three interceptions, 1 FF

Earlier rating: 2

Ward has handled a hip damage of late — having left the group’s Nov. four loss to Kansas Metropolis after the first defensive collection of the recreation — and it seems to have impacted his motion at occasions, whilst he performed each snap (75 in all) in the Week 10 win over the Falcons. It was an identical damage he handled early in the offseason.

Stats: 728 yards dashing, 540 yards receiving, 10 whole TDs

Saquon Barkley has had 20 or extra carries in the previous two weeks. Al Bello/Getty Pictures

Earlier rating: 7

His 27-carry, 142-yard effort in Week 11 was the first time he had greater than 20 carries in a recreation this season. He has registered 47 carries in the previous two video games mixed, each victories for the Giants.

Stats: Colts have allowed 1 sack in previous six video games mixed.

Earlier rating: eight

Nelson is quick turning into a YouTube should-see for some of his work, significantly in the run recreation. He was fined $26,739 for decreasing his helmet on a crushing block on Jaguars security Barry Church in Week 10, however the clip was clicked on hundreds of occasions. However he and fellow rookie Braden Smith have helped the Colts present what Andrew Luck may do with high quality safety.

Stats: 670 yards dashing, 5.5 yards per carry, 6 whole TDs

Earlier rating: 9

Lindsay has been tremendously productive. He’s eighth in the league in dashing regardless of not having greater than 18 carries in any recreation this season, and he has had greater than 15 carries in simply two video games. He has averaged no less than four.7 yards per carry in eight of 10 video games.

Stats: 85 tackles, 2 INTs, 6 PD

Earlier rating: 10

He continues to present what the mixture of athleticism and instincts seems like. The Cowboys credited him with 19 tackles in Dallas’ win over Philadelphia in Week 10, the highest whole by a rookie defender for the group since the Boys began maintaining these totals in 1983.

Stats: 80 tackles, three INTs

Earlier rating: 6

Bates remains to be energetic and round the ball, however he has been in chase mode extra of late, as the group’s protection is now ranked final in the league in whole protection and 31st in scoring protection.

Shut, however not fairly (totals are for 9 video games)

Browns RB Nick Chubb (579 yards dashing, 6.2 yards per carry); Panthers CB Donte Jackson (42 tackles, four INTs, 1 sack); Bears LB Roquan Smith (71 tackles, three sacks); Packers CB Jaire Alexander (41 tackles, 1 INT, 9 PD); 49ers RT Mike McGlinchey (49ers one of 5 groups averaging no less than 133 yards dashing per recreation); Lions RB Kerryon Johnson (641 yards dashing, four whole TDs); Payments LB Tremaine Edmunds (70 tackles, three TFL, 2 FF); 49ers LB Fred Warner (77 tackles, 1 FF, 5 PD); Redskins NT Daron Payne (34 tackles, three sacks); Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (39 catches, 532 yards, 7 TDs); Steelers S Terrell Edmunds (38 tackles); Broncos WR Courtland Sutton ( yards per catch); Raiders DT Maurice Hurst (26 tackles, four sacks).

Kickers want love too

Daniel Carlson has proven a lot of vocational fortitude this season. The rookie was unceremoniously launched by the Minnesota Vikings in September after he missed three discipline objectives in a tie with the Inexperienced Bay Packers; Carlson failed on kicks of 48, 49 and 34 yards in the recreation, with all three vast proper. The Raiders then signed Carlson on Oct. 24, and Carlson has made 6 of 7 kicks for the Raiders, together with a recreation winner on Sunday, a 35-yarder as time expired. Carlson is 5-of-5 in the Raiders’ previous two video games.

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