Coming in second in the AP rookie of the year voting was Bills S Jairus Byrd. Now that the AP is conducting a redo on that vote, let's take a look at what SB Nation's Buffalo Rumblings has to say about Byrd's chances of winning:
All I know is this: it's not often that free safeties completely change the landscape of a game all by themselves. Byrd's big plays were huge momentum shifters in mid-season wins over the eventual AFC runner-up New York Jets and the Carolina Panthers. He recorded eight of his nine interceptions in a five-game stretch from October to November. I thought he should have won the award originally (perhaps I'm a bit biased), and now that opportunity exists once again.
The Bills didn't have a lot of game-changers on defense so Byrd stood out. But did he have a better campaign than Cushing (PEDs or not), Clay Matthews or Brian Orakpo?
The last vote, Byrd received six of a possible 50 votes so he's got a long road ahead of him.