Kansas City Chiefs K Ryan Succop and DE Tyson Jackson have been named to the Pro Football Weekly NFL All-Rookie Team.
Succop was a shoe-in for the kicking honor as he turned in the finest statistical kicking season of any rookie since the NFL merger in 1970. He also e established a Chiefs rookie record with 25 made field goals, surpassing the previous mark of 21 established by Hall of Fame K Jan Stenerud in 1967.
Jackson, on the other hand, was anything but a shoe-in as he went sackless as a rookie. Many times defensive ends are only judged off sack production, which is an uninformed analysis when it comes to evaluating a 3-4 defensive end. It’s nice to see Jackson receive a national honor as the top rookie at his position.
The All-Rookie team was voted selected by Pro Football Weekly, along with the Professional Football Writers of America.
Considering the Chiefs were shut out at the Pro Bowl it’s nice to see the roster get a little recognition.
The award for Succop shouldn’t surprise anyone and it’s well deserved, but I think it’s important to see that Jackson isn’t judged just on stats.
When Glenn Dorsey got hurt later in the year we saw how important he was to the lineup even though he didn’t have huge stats. Unfortunately we never got any sort of reinforcement of Jackson’s worth outside of the occasional positive review from Todd Haley during a press conference.
If Scott Pioli can deliver two more All-Rookie players in April’s draft it will go a long way towards turning things around next season.