Favorites for Major NFL Award: Defensive Rookie of the Year Award
As for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, Indianapolis Colts LB Jerrell Freeman is still Favorites for Major NFL Award. Freeman has tallied 27 tackles on the year, which ranks him at No. 14 in the NFL. He has added an interception (which was a pick-six) and a forced fumble to his early-season production.
Playing in front of a national audience on SNF, the trio of rookie defenders Dont’a Hightower (New England), Chandler Jones (New England) and Courtney Upshaw (Baltimore) had an opportunity to showcase their talents. The trio combined for 11 tackles, but the rest of the stat sheet was empty, as none of them did much to take advantage of their opportunity to shine.
Detroit Lions LB Tahir Whitehead and Jones are still tied for the NFL lead with two forced fumbles after three weeks.
This competition is sure to see other players jump up into the mix for consideration down the road.