Saints receiver just misses out on Rookie of the Year to the ire of some fans

Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints
Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints came up just short of having their second Offensive Rookie of the Year in five years, that has some Saints fans feeling disappointed.

The New Orleans Saints have actually had a pretty impressive history when it comes to the NFL's Rookie of the Year. With four in their history, the number is all the more impressive when you look at the details. The Saints had two running backs with the award in six years with George Rogers in 1981, and Rueben Mayes in 1986. Then in 2017, they became the second team in fifty years to have two teammates win both Rookie of the Year awards with Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore.

Fast-forward to 2022, and the New York Jets had two teammates do the same with Garrett Wilson and Sauce Gardner. The subject of Wilson's win may rub Saints fans the wrong way though. Chris Olave was also a finalist for Offensive Rookie of the Year, and had a case to bring it to the bayou.

Olave caught 723 balls for 1,042 yards and four touchdowns compared to Wilson's 83 catches for 1,103 yards and four touchdowns. That isn't too big of a gap, but the kicker here though is Wilson that Wilson had 147 targets to Olave's 119 due to Olave missing two games.

The fact that the production almost mirrors each other despite the disparity in targets and games played should have enhanced Olave's case. With that said, if Jalen Hurts essentially lost the MVP race to Patrick Mahomes due to missing two games then at least the voters are consistent if nothing else.

Side note, it's pretty remarkable that Olave and Wilson were teammates at Ohio State when vou look at all of this production with lackluster to slightly below average quarterback play.

At the end of the day, the fans of the New Orleans Saints have reason to gripe, but they have bigger fish to fry now that they have an excellent chance to regain control of the NFC South, with Chris Olave leading the charge on the outside.

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