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Nearly half of the usual candidates were on a bye in Week 14, but that only meant a greater opportunity for other, less usual candidates to overtake them in our Rookie Power Rankings. In a few cases, that did happen. As the season is winding down, the list is becoming a bit more concrete. It's getting closer to and closer to the crowning of Rookies of the Year.

We will be tracking rookie performers each week and identifying those who stood out. These rankings are not based on statistical performance but rather overall play. Without further ado, the cumulative regular season rookie rankings as we head into Week 15:

Week 15 Rookie Rankings
1
Creed Humphrey Kansas City Chiefs C
Humphrey consistently completes his assignment, and it has been fun watching his relationship with Trey Smith grow on a weekly basis. There was a moment against the Raiders when Smith was working on a blocker on a stretch play and he passed the player off to Humphrey and continued working to the second level.
2
Micah Parsons Dallas Cowboys OLB
Hat tip to the Cowboys for how they have developed an effective plan for Parsons over the course of the season. He lines up in an off-ball role pretty often but it is to allow him to shoot gaps and use his quick twitch ability to get around blocks in space. He tacked on another two sacks and one forced fumble against Washington. The rookie has at least one sack in his last six games.
3
Rashawn Slater Los Angeles Chargers OT
The offensive line is so fascinating because every fan in the stands is following the ball. They know what Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are doing every play, but they do not notice that Slater is playing at an equal or higher level than all of them.
4
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Cleveland Browns OLB
Owusu-Koramoah had a stiff challenge against a few mobile quarterbacks, but he was all over the field. It may not have felt like he had a ton of impact plays, but fans continue to see his quick-twitch nature bouncing in and out of gaps to make a stop in the backfield or picking up Hollywood Brown in coverage across the field.
5
Mac Jones New England Patriots QB
New England watched as Kansas City equalled their 9-4 record during the Pats' bye week, but they did create some separation from the Bills, who lost to the Bucs.
6
Ja'Marr Chase Cincinnati Bengals WR
The universe evened out in this one early. Chase dropped a pass over the middle and then benefitted from a ball tipped by two different players falling haplessly into his lap. The LSU product found the end zone two more times, bringing his season total to double digits.
7
Jaylen Waddle Miami Dolphins WR
Miami was on a bye in Week 14 and that allowed Chris Godwin to overtake Waddle in receptions. Waddle is now tied for fifth-most receptions in the NFL, as Godwin leads him by six and sits in second. Cooper Kupp leads Godwin by 21 for most in the league.
8
DeVonta Smith Philadelphia Eagles WR
Smith was also on a bye in Week 14.
9
Penei Sewell Detroit Lions OT
Sewell continues to progress. It was a bit rocky at right tackle in the preseason, but he has handled the transition from left tackle to right tackle to left tackle to right tackle like a superstar. Once again, he was not perfect against the Broncos, but those mishaps are becoming less frequent.
10
Nate Hobbs Las Vegas Raiders CB
Hobbs has been Mr. Consistent throughout the season. He has only played on the boundary sparingly this season but has found a home inside allowing him to play downhill and make space in plays. When asked to carry a route up the seam, he has done that with ease as well.
11
Kyle Pitts Atlanta Falcons TE
If the preseason Over/Under on Pitts touchdown receptions had been set at 1.5, I would've taken the Over easily. As of today, he has only found the end zone once in an offense leaning heavily on Cordarrelle Patterson and without Calvin Ridley. With that being said, he is sixth among tight ends in receptions and third in receiving yards.
12
Pat Freiermuth Pittsburgh Steelers TE
It was not Freiermuth's best game of the season but he did find the end zone on a play where he either got tangled up with the defender or the defender straight-up fell down.
13
Javonte Williams Denver Broncos RB
Elijah Mitchell may be a better pure runner but Williams does everything well. He can hold up in pass protection or snare a pass out of the backfield. When the offense is handed over to him, he is going to take off much like Jonathan Taylor.
14
Najee Harris Pittsburgh Steelers RB
Harris' stats can be a bit deceiving. He is sixth in rushing yards but he is 35th in yards per carry among players with at least 100 carries. The offensive line has been an issue but Harris is also making a difference through the air, where he ranks second among all running backs in receptions.
15
Jevon Holland Miami Dolphins FS
The Dolphins were off this week. Holland has been a great Day 2 find for them.

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