Quarterback Dwayne Haskins (Redskins), running backs Miles Sanders (Eagles) and Tony Pollard (Cowboys), wide receiver A.J. Brown (Titans) and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (Buccaneers) are the nominees for the PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK for Week 15, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one of these five players on www.nfl.com/rookies through Friday at 3 PM ET to determine the PEPSI NFL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK. The PEPSI 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 NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January.
This is Pepsi's 18th year as the official soft drink sponsor of the NFL and the 17th year that Pepsi will present the NFL Rookie of the Week and NFL Rookie of the Year awards.
A.J. BROWN WEEK 15 GAME NOTES
· Totaled a career-high eight receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown. His previous career high for receptions was six catches against the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 20.
· Posted a five-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter to notch the seventh touchdown catch of his rookie season.
· Became the first Titans player with consecutive 100-yard receiving games since wide receiver Nate Washington accomplished the feat in 2013 against the San Diego Chargers (Sept. 22) and New York Jets (Sept. 29).
· Recorded a 60-yard reception in the first quarter, the third-longest catch of his rookie season. The play advanced the ball from Tennessee's three-yard line to Houston's 37-yard line.
· Moved past Chris Sanders (823 receiving yards in 1995) for the third-highest receiving yardage total by a rookie in franchise history. The only previous Titans/Oilers rookies with more receiving yards than Brown in a season were Bill Groman (1,473 yards in 1960) and Ernest Givins (1,062 in 1986).
· His 47 receptions in 2019 rank fifth all-time by a rookie for the franchise. The only rookies with more catches in a season prior to Brown were Bill Groman (72 in 1960), Kendall Wright (64 in 2012), Ernest Givins (61 in 1986) and Sid Blanks (56 in 1964).
· Reached the 100-yard mark on an 11-yard catch in the third quarter. He became the franchise's first rookie to have four 100-yard receiving games since Ernest Givins (four 100-yard games) in 1986.
· Became the first Titans player (rookie or veteran) with four 100-yard receiving games in a single season since Drew Bennett had five such performances in 2004.
· His seven touchdown receptions rank fourth in franchise history for a rookie behind only Bill Groman's 12 touchdowns in 1960, Chris Sanders' nine touchdowns in 1995 and Mac Haik's eight touchdowns in 1968.
· His eight receptions in the game were the most by a Titans rookie since Oct. 7, 2012, when Kendall Wright had nine receptions at the Minnesota Vikings. Since 1970, only three other franchise players besides Brown and Wright recorded eight (or more) receptions in a game: wide receiver Mike Holston (eight vs. Atlanta on Nov. 29, 1981), wide receiver Ernest Givins (eight at Pittsburgh on Nov. 16, 1986) and running back Rodney Thomas (eight vs. Jacksonville on Oct. 1, 1995).