Last week, NFL.com named Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston a candidate for their Rookie of the Year award and prompted fans to vote for their selection. Their award, along with the Associated Press', will be released shortly before the Super Bowl.
Pro Football Focus, a website dedicated to providing high-level statistics and analysis on all 32 NFL teams, decided to put theirs out a little early. PFF published their Rookie of the Year selection on Tuesday, selecting Winston for the award.
A photo timeline of Jameis Winston's rookie year with the Buccaneers.
Winston threw for 4,042 yards this season, the third-most for a rookie in NFL history. He accounted for the second-most passing yards by a Buccaneer quarterback in franchise history and scored 28 combined touchdowns, which are tied for the third-most by a rookie since the NFL/AFL merger.
"Where Winston was most impressive was his big-time throws," PFF's Nathan Jahnke wrote. "He had 39, which tied him for sixth-best alongside Tom Brady. If he can take away some of the negatives, the former FSU standout could be a Pro Bowler by his second season. When you consider how many outright busts there have been at quarterback over the past three years, and how long it's taken for others to develop, the fact that Winston was this good this early is incredibly impressive."
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PFF's runner-up was Buffalo's Ronald Darby, followed by Leonard Williams of the Jets. Seattle's Tyler Lockett and St. Louis' Todd Gurley finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
There is still time to vote for the NFL's Rookie of the Year award, so Buccaneer fans are encouraged to vote for Winston early and often. Voting for the AP's award has been closed and the winner will be revealed shortly. For more from Pro Football Focus on their Rookie of the Year, click HERE.