Quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III of the Washington Redskins, wide receiver STEPHEN HILL of the New York Jets, defensive end CHANDLER JONES of New England Patriots, running back DOUG MARTIN of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and kicker BLAIR WALSH of the Minnesota Vikings are the finalists for PEPSI MAX NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK honors for games played on September 5-10, 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 winner will be announced during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
A closer look at the finalists:
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III completed 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns, finishing his regular season debut with a 139.9 passer rating. He added 42 yards rushing on 10 carries as the Redskins topped the New Orleans Saints 40-32.
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill caught five receptions for 89 yards along with pulling in two touchdowns in the Jets' 48-28 win over the Buffalo Bills.
New England Patriots DE Chandler Jones recorded five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in the Patriots' 34-13 defeat over the Tennessee Titans.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin gained 95 yards on 24 carries in the Buccaneers' 16-10 win over the Carolina Panthers.
Minnesota Vikings K Blair Walsh was four for four on field goals including a 55-yard field goal to send the game into overtime followed by a 39-yard field goal in overtime to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-23.
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.