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Bijan Robinson named an AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year finalist

Despite a limited workload and shared backfield, former Texas running back Bijan Robinson is a finalist for the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Robinson was second for all-purpose yards by a rookie this season with 1,464, trailing only Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua.

The Atlanta Falcons star was selected with the No. 8 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and has lived up to the hype when he gets the ball. Robinson rushed for 976 yards with 4.6 yards per carry. He also rushed for four touchdowns and caught another four.

Robinson was held back by former Falcons head coach Arthur Smith, where he shared the backfield with fellow running back Tyler Allgeier and utility man Cordarrelle Patterson. Bijan only accounted for 39% of Atlanta’s snaps and should have seen much more. With a new coaching staff in 2024, Robinson will likely be used more.

Here are the offensive finalists for the AP NFL Rookie of the Year award.

Jahmyr Gibbs - RB - Lions

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Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Gibbs was the second running back taken off the board in the 2023 NFL Draft. Like Bijan Robinson, Gibbs shared the backfield with David Montgomery and could have seen a lot more action than he did. He totaled 1,261 all-purpose yards, trailing Robinson and Puka Nacua.

Puka Nacua - Wide Receiver - Rams

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Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

Puka was this year’s hidden gem. He didn’t get picked until the fifth round of the draft, but that didn’t stop him from producing. He was selected to the Second-team All-pro, Pro Bowl, and PFWA All-Rookie Team. Nacua set the rookie record for receptions in a season, receiving yards, receptions in a game, and receiving yards in a playoff game. He should win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, but it will be a close race with Texans quarterback CJ Stroud.

CJ Stroud - Quarterback - Texans

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Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

If it weren’t for Puka Nacua, Stoud would run away with the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He was exceptional this season, leading the Houston Texans to the AFC South title and beating the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Stroud was selected No. 2 overall and will be an NFL star for years to come.

Sam LaPorta - TE - Lions

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David Reginek-USA TODAY Sports

Sam LaPorta was drafted in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft and was easily the best tight end of this class. He set the rookie record for most receptions in a season and was named to the Second-team All-Pro and the Pro Bowl. LaPorta will be one of the best tight ends in the NFL.

Bijan Robinson - RB - Falcons

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons selected Bijan with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. He was second in all-purpose yards this season while not seeing as many touches as Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta’s other running back. The former Longhorn lived up to the hype and will be a top back in the NFL in 2024.

Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire