Voters on NFL.com have made their choice (again). Wide receiver Sammy Watkins of the Buffalo Bills is the Week 8 2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week , making it the second week in a row and third time this year, the NFL announced today. Watkins had three catches for 157 receiving yards and a touchdown, in the Bills’ 43-23 win over the New York Jets.
Watkins was selected from among five finalists through fan votes on NFL.com. The others include:
- Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr had eight tackles, a sack, a pass defensed and a forced fumble, which he returned 27 yards for a touchdown in overtime, to give the Vikings a 19-13 win over Tampa Bay.
- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown had five catches for 119 yards (23.8 avg.) and the go-ahead 75-yard touchdown catch in the Cardinals’ 24-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 94 yards (including a 50-yard touchdown reception) and added a rushing touchdown in the Saints’ 44-23 win over theGreen Bay Packers.
- Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant caught five passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers’ 51-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for 2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year honors. In conjunction with the 2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week promotion, Panini America produces virtual trading cards of each week’s five nominees and a virtual card for each week’s winner. At the end of the regular season, Panini America will produce an actual trading card set of all weekly winners. Stay tuned to The Knight’s Lance for additional details.
2014 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week Winners
Week 1: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers
Week 2: Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
Week 3: Kyle Fuller, CB, Chicago Bears
Week 4: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Week 5: Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers
Week 6: Branden Oliver, RB, San Diego Chargers
Week 7: Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
Week 8: Sammy Watkins, WR, Bufaalo Bills