Ladies and gentlemen, if your favorite NFL team is no longer in contention for a berth in the next Super Bowl, as is the case with the Philadelphia Eagles, we welcome you to pro football’s offseason… again. This is the portion of the calendar in which the ultimate team game begins to focus on individual accomplishments.
As a result, we’ll spend the next few months talking about who won the NFL MVP and Comeback Player of the Year Awards among other things, the offensive and defensive rookie of the year winners for instance. We’ll also be talking about the next Hall of Fame class, who the big-name free-agent targets are, and who the stars of the next NFL Draft will be.
Speaking of individual accomplishments. Did you see that the Pro Football Writers of America named to their 2021 All-Rookie Team? Did you see that the Philadelphia Eagles were shut out? Buckle up guys and gals. There’s much to discuss.
PFWA’s All-Rookie Team is void of any Philadelphia Eagles.
Yes fans, you read that correctly. The Pro Football Writers of America named the members of their 2021 All-Rookie Team, and while we, with all due respect to some up-and-coming Birds, can’t honestly state that we thought Milton Williams, Tarron Jackson, and Zech McPhearson would find their way onto the roster, we did have some hope for DeVonta Smith and Landon Dickerson.
Neither made the team. Ja’Marr Chase and Jaylen Waddle were the wide receivers mentioned. The guards were Trey Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs and Alijah Vera-Tucker of the New York Jets.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons got the nod as the 2021 Defensive Rookie of the Year (and overall Rookie of the Year). Cincinnati Bengals wideout Ja’Marr Chase is their selection as the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Sure, both Smith and Dickerson are different types of guys. They’re team-first guys, but individual recognition is a part of the deal in the National Football League, and after seeing Lane Johnson and Jordan Mailata get snubbed from the Pro Bowl roster and after seeing Javon Hargrave finally get his due a month later, maybe we’re a tad salty about seeing DeVonta and Landon get shut out.
Oh well! That’s also part of the deal when you suit up in the NFL. Hopefully, Smith, Dickerson, McPhearson, Jackson, Williams, Kenneth Gainwell, Marlon Tuipulotu, JaCoby Stevens, and Patrick Johnson will all use this as motivation and return to the field in 2022 to give the opposition a few headaches