Wide receiver JUSTIN BLACKMON of the Jacksonville Jaguars, cornerback ALFONZO DENNARD of the New England Patriots, quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III of the Washington Redskins, wide receiver T.Y. HILTON of the Indianapolis Colts and running back DOUG MARTIN of the Washington Redskins are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on November 15-19, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 9 A.M. ET and ending on Friday at 3 P.M. ET to determine the PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK. The PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year will be announced at the second annual "NFL Honors" awards show in New Orleans on Saturday, February 2, the night before Super Bowl XLVII.
A closer look at the finalists:
- Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon caught seven passes for 236 yards and one touchdown in the Jaguars' 43-37 overtime loss to the Houston Texans.
- New England Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard recorded four tackles as well as intercepting one pass and returning it 87 yards for a score in the Patriots' 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
- Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III completed 14 of 15 passes and four touchdowns, finishing his day with a 158.3 passer rating. Griffin III also picked up 84 yards on the ground as the Redskins beat the Philadelphia Eagles 31-6.
- Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton caught six passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the Colts' 59-24 loss to the New England Patriots.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin gained 138 yards on 24 carries in the Buccaneers' 27-21 overtime win against the Carolina Panthers. This is Pepsi's eleventh year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the eleventh year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.