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On Wednesday morning, the NFL announced their official NFL Honors nominees, including the five NFL MVP candidates as well as the finalists for the league’s two Rookie of the Year awards – offensive and defensive. While most of the candidates were certainly deserving, there appeared to be one major snub: New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Chris Olave.

The three rookies to make the list were San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III, and New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson. But Chris Olave did not make the cut.

This season, Olave was one of just two rookie receivers in the entire NFL to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards, joining his former Ohio State Buckeyes teammate Garrett Wilson with the two making some NFL history. Olave finished the year with 72 catches for 1,042 yards and four touchdowns as he emerged as one of the Saints’ most reliable weapons in the passing game.

But that wasn’t enough to get him nominated for rookie of the year, and the NFL world had plenty to say about the snub.

While Purdy has had a pretty impressive rookie season, he only started six games this season, leading many to believe that Olave was much more deserving. But ultimately, Purdy got the nod.