In a year of quarterbacks, receivers have taken the rookie hardware, so far.
For Week One, Packers receiver Randall Cobb was named the NFL.com Pepsi Rookie of the Week, with a receiving touchdown and a 108-yard kickoff return beating out Cam Newton and his 422 yards passing, a record for a rookie debut.
In Week Two, Newton again was eclipsed, despite throwing for a rookie record 432 yards passing.
Raiders receiver Denarius Moore, the 19th receiver taken in the 2011 draft, won the award with 146 receiving yards, 25 rushing yards, and a touchdown.
It wasn’t surprising that the prize based on fan voting went to a Packer over a Panther in Week One. The fact that an Oakland player finagled the thing from Newton in Week Two means that Raider Nation is back, baby.
Meanwhile, let’s see which rookie receiver Newton will lose to this weekend, after throwing for 442 yards.
The other finalists for the Week Two award were Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, Bucs linebacker Mason Foster, and Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas. Foster was the only candidate from a team that actually won its game.