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NFL: Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert and Washington Football Team DE Chase Young Named PFWA Rookies of the Year

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NFL: Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert and Washington Football Team DE Chase Young Named PFWA Rookies of the Year

2021-01-19 14:22:15


-Posted by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert. (Image Source: Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, who set NFL rookie records for most touchdown passes and most total touchdowns, was selected as the 2020 Rookie of the Year and the Offensive Rookie of the Year, chosen in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).

Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young, who led all NFL rookies in sacks, was selected as the 2020 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Herbert, the sixth overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Oregon, played in 15 games (all starts), and threw for 4,336 yards, which ranks second all-time among NFL rookie quarterbacks. He completed 396 of 595 passes (66.6 percent) and threw for an NFL-record 31 touchdowns. His 36 total TDs (31 passing and 5 rushing) was also the most by a rookie in NFL history. Herbert took over as the Chargers’ starting quarterback in Week 2 vs. Kansas City after an injury to Tyrod Taylor. He threw for 311 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Chiefs, the fourth-most passing yards in a debut since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. He set NFL rookie QB records for most consecutive games with multiple passing TDs (seven), most 300-yard passing games (eight) and most games with three or more passing TDs (six). Herbert was selected NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in both October and November.

Herbert is the first Chargers player to be selected as the PFWA’s Rookie of the Year and the second to receive Offensive Player of the Year honors (wide receiver Keenan Allen in 2013).

Young, the second overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, played in 15 games (all starts) and led all NFL rookies with 7.5 sacks. He posted 44 total tackles (32 solo) and he added four passes defensed, 12 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and a fumble return for a touchdown. He had seven games with at least one full sack, the most by a rookie in Washington history. Young also had three games with a sack and a fumble recovery, the most in a season by any player in franchise history. He was the second rookie in Washington history to post at least seven sacks and 10 tackles for loss (Brian Orakpo in 2009), and Young was the only NFL rookie in 2020 to reach those marks. His four forced fumbles tied for the most all-time by a Washington rookie, and he set a franchise rookie record with his three fumble recoveries. Young was selected both NFC Defensive Player and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for December, and he was a PFWA All-NFC honoree – the only 2020 rookie to be selected to an all-conference squad.
Young is the first Washington player to be selected Defensive Rookie of the Year by the PFWA.


2020 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: QB Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
2020 OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: QB Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
2020 DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: DE Chase Young, Washington Football Team



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