The Miami Dolphins’ rookie class took a while to make an impact in 2015, but they came on late and played a role down the stretch. Led by DeVante Parker, rookies were starting in all three phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams.
On special teams, punter Matt Darr and kicker Andrew Franks played better than most expected. Darr, however, had the better rookie season than Franks, and was honored for his performance on Tuesday.
Darr was named to the All-Rookie team by the Pro Football Writers of America — the lone Dolphins player to make the squad.
He was third in the league with an average of 47.6 yards per punt. He was also eighth among all punters with 30 punts inside the 20-yard line. In the past three seasons, the Dolphins have had five players make the All-Rookie team.
Darr is the fourth special teamer to make it in that span and the seventh since 2003. The Dolphins have holes at several positions, but special teams aren’t lacking for young talent thanks to Darr and Franks.