Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore give the New Orleans Saints a chance to become the first team in 50 years to collect NFL Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in the same season.
The only time it ever happened? When Mel Farr and Lem Barney of the 1967 Detroit Lions did it.
Kamara, a running back, and Lattimore, a cornerback, are just two of the many rookies around the league who have made significant contributions this season.
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Not every newcomer pans out as planned right away, of course.
A a look at some of the best and worst members of the 2017 rookie class:
ALVIN KAMARA, RB, SAINTS
Stats: 608 rushing yards for a 7.0 average; 62 catches; league-high 11 TDs
Scouting Report: One way to understand Kamara’s significance is what happened Thursday night. He left in the first quarter because of a concussion, and New Orleans’ big-scoring offense ground to a halt in what became a 20-17 loss to Atlanta.
MARSHON LATTIMORE, CB, SAINTS
Stats: 3 interceptions
Scouting Report: Already a top cover corner, his importance became obvious when he left early against the Redskins in Week 11, and a defense that had been allowing an average of 12 points over the previous four games suddenly gave up 31.
Scouting Report: Yes, it’s early to judge. Yes, he’s on a terrible team. But still, Kizer – whose rating is the lowest of anyone in the NFL with at least 100 pass attempts this season – has hardly looked ready for the pros.
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