Bank On This Saint To March In With NFL Rookie Of The Year Honors

Bank On This Saint To March In With NFL Rookie Of The Year Honors
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Ty Bronicel
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Ty Bronicel
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August 26th 2022 - 08:24 AM

It used to be that the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award would go to a quarterback. Almost a given.

But in the last 10 years, it’s gone to running backs (four) and wide receivers (two).

I think that will happen at the end of this season and it’s because of the New Orleans Saints’ exciting playmaker Chris Olave, the 11th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

The former Ohio State star is already building buzz thanks to his speed and excellent routes.

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Saints quarterback Jameis Winston, who is also primed to have a great year, has already hinted at how much he’s been impressed with Olave, saying he reminds him of his former Tampa Bay Bucs teammate, Pro Bowler receiver Chris Godwin.

High praise.

The Saints coach said Olave has been everything they had hoped for after jumping up in the draft to select the Buckeye stud who is the school’s all-time leader in touchdown catches (35).

"Same things that we saw on tape," Allen said. "A guy that was really fast, smooth in transition, good route runner. And ultimately he's the type of character person that we wanted to bring into the building, and I think that's as important as anything."

"That's huge coming from the head coach," Olave said. "They believe in me, they see a lot in me but I feel like I can keep getting better and better. I feel like I haven't reached my potential yet at the NFL level. It's just my second day, so I'm ready to keep getting better."

Olave credits his time at OSU for making him the player he is.

"Just being at Ohio State," Olave said. "I feel like they developed us that way. Being at a program like Ohio State, I feel like it's a professional program run by professional coaches. When you go there, they prepare you for three or four years and you go into the NFL prepared. I feel like that's the biggest part at Ohio State, and I feel like I carry that on into the league."

I’m betting he carries home that rookie-of-the-year trophy and should wager the same way.

This kid is gonna be an instant star in the Big Easy.

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