The Pro Football Writers of America has revealed their All Rookie Team for the 2014 season and the Chicago Bears are just one of seven teams with multiple players selected. Cornerback Kyle Fuller and punter Pat O'Donnell were both recognized for their outstanding play this season.
This is O'Donnell's second all rookie honor, and as I mentioned last time, he was the only rookie that punted during the 2014 season.
O'Donnell's net average of 37.7 was 28th best in the NFL. His average of 43.8 was 27th. He had 20 punts placed inside the 20, which was 28th.
During his 2013 season at the University of Miami his punting average was 47.1, so you can see what a big leg he has. I think an off season of working solely on his craft will allow him to come back and have a much improved 2015 season.
Kyle Fuller, who was the 14th overall selection, was only supposed to come into the game when the Bears brought out their nickel package. When starting corner Charles Tillman was lost for the season during week two, Fuller was inserted as the starter opposite Tim Jennings. He picked up 14 starts while appearing in all 16 games.
Fuller led the Bears in forced fumbles with 3, and in passes defended with 10. He was tied for the team lead with 4 interceptions. His 64 tackles was 4th on the team.
Among all rookies in the NFL, Fuller had the most interceptions, he was tied in forced fumbles and was 4th in passes defended.
The PWFA Rookie of the year and Offensive Rookie of the Year was wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants and their Defensive Rookie of the Year was defensive tackle Aaron Donald of the St. Louis Rams.