The ballots have been counted and the Maffies are ready to be awarded. Today, we’ll start with the Bills’ Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Both winners won in a landslide. Let’s start with the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Offensive Rookie of the Year: Robert Woods
With 71% of the vote, Robert Woods is our first Maffie winner. The rookie wide receiver was seen as one of the most NFL-ready players in the 2013 draft and he lived up to the billing. Woods played in 14 games in 2013, and started in all of them. The wide out finished with 40 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns. He also had two rushes for 16 yards on the season.
Woods finished 5th in yards among all rookie wide receivers and seventh in receptions. In his rookie campaign, Woods finished with nine plays of 20+ yards, fourth among rookies. There’s no reason to believe that Woods’ play won’t improve in 2014.
Defensive Rookie of the Year: Kiko Alonso
Was there ever any doubt? While Nickell Robey had an outstanding season of his own, #TheLegendofKikoAlonso was too strong to overcome. Coming in with 93% of the vote, Alonso made his impact felt in his first season with the Bills. Alonso finished third in the NFL in total tackles with 159 tackles. The inside linebacker also had two sacks, four interceptions, nine passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
While all of the numbers above were impressive, perhaps the most impressive number of Alonso’s rookie campaign was 1,176. This was the total number of snaps that Alonso played this season, as well as the total number of snaps that the Bills defense played. Alonso’s ability to play the run and drop into coverage made this possible. On Pro Football Focus (PFF), Alonso received the second highest coverage grade among all inside linebackers with an +11.3 (Subscription Required).
The 2013 draft class was one of the best in Buffalo’s recent history. Bills fans have plenty to look forward to when it comes to the careers of the first Maffie winners!