Texans’ C.J. Stroud and Will Anderson Jr. take home Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year awards – becoming the second pair of teammates in two years to take home both honors
- Last year, the Jets also had a pair of teammates take home both rookie awards
- Stroud and Anderson were selected consecutively with the no. 2 and no. 3 choices
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The Houston Texans completed a sweep of rookie honors as quarterback CJ Stroud was named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and Will Anderson Jr. was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Stroud was the favorite to win the award by a wide margin and won by a landslide after receiving 48 of 50 first-place votes.
He wasn’t the only Texans rookie to bring home an award during the night, as Houston defensive end Anderson Jr. was named the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
The Texans’ defensive end received 16 first-place votes, 21 second and eight third for 151 points.
Houston is now the second in the last two years to have both the offensive and defensive rookies of the year after the New York Jets accomplished the same feat last season.
Texans quarterback CJ Stroud was announced as the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year
Houston DE Will Anderson Jr. was announced as the Defensive Rookie of the Year
Last year, the Jets also had a pair of teammates take home both Rookie of the Year awards
Stroud and Anderson were selected with the second and third picks, respectively, in the NFL draft.
The No. 2 overall pick, Stroud threw for 4,108 yards, 23 touchdowns, five interceptions and had a passer rating of 100.8, third best by a rookie.
He led the league in passing yards per game (273.9) and had the best touchdown-to-interception ratio at 4.6, becoming just the third player in NFL history to finish first in both categories, joining by Joe Montana (1989) and Tom Brady (2007). .
Anderson had seven sacks, 67 pressures, 22 quarterback hits, 29 tackles, including 10 for a loss. He also had a blocked field goal on special teams.
Last season, the Jets saw wide receiver Garrett Wilson and cornerback Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner both take home rookie of the year awards.