Jameis Winston has not won AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, losing out to Todd Gurley who put up 1,109 yards and 10 touchdowns on 229 carries in just 13 games. Winston won the fan-voted Pepsi Rookie of the Year award yesterday.
The Bucs rookie quarterback had a very good rookie season, despite throwing a pick six on his very first attempt and just having a terrible first game in the NFL. That turned out to just be some rookie jitters, though: he had one four-interception game a few weeks later, against a very good Carolina Panthers defense, but only threw more than one interception in a game twice the rest of the way. He ended the season completing 312 of 535 attempts for 4,042 yards, 22 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and six rushing touchdowns, setting numerous team rookie records along the way.
That made Winston a very strong competitor for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. After all, Sam Bradford won it for his mediocre rookie season simply because he got the Rams to 7-9. Winston got the Bucs to 6-10, but the team could easily have won more games with his play, even if he struggled down the stretch.
It's also curious that Gurley won, given the fact that he had several games with very little production, and missing three of them. Gurley had a solid rookie year -- but was it really as good as Winston's?
The Bucs had another snub today, too, though it was minor: Doug Martin was up for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year but lost out to Adrian Peterson, the only player to rush for more yards in the 2015 regular season.