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Denarius Moore bests Cam Newton for Pepsi Rookie of the Week

Oakland Raiders' Moore celebrates a touchdown against Buffalo Bills during their NFL football game in Orchard Park Reuters

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.

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53 Responses to “Denarius Moore bests Cam Newton for Pepsi Rookie of the Week”
  1. nepatriots128154 says: Sep 24, 2011 2:48 PM

    Newton is getting flat out robbed. These other guys both had great games but he was better, no doubt about it.

  2. deadeye says: Sep 24, 2011 2:49 PM

    Denarius Moore, barring injury, will be a stud for years to come.

  3. sundog05 says: Sep 24, 2011 2:50 PM

    Moore is a flash in the pan that will be irrelevant come week 12. The Raiders will not make the playoffs.

  4. ramofsteel says: Sep 24, 2011 2:54 PM

    Passing yards don’t mean squat when you throw 3 INTs and your team loses…

  5. raiderrob21 says: Sep 24, 2011 2:55 PM

    “Raiders receiver Denarius Moore, the 19th receiver taken in the 2011 draft”

    Not quite the emphasis he deserves. 5th Round #148 overall! ANOTHER great pick by the organization! Playoffs 2011!

    RAIDER NATION!!!!!

  6. humb0lt says: Sep 24, 2011 2:58 PM

    I like this kid Moore. But I feel bad for him. His talent and career will be wasted playing for the Raiders.

  7. ronlm says: Sep 24, 2011 2:59 PM

    Denarius Moore is the The Truth! He’ll have his hands full with the Jets secondary this weekend, but don’t be surprised if he gets 100+ and a TD. Kid has crazy leaping/tracking skills and fights for the ball. Oughta be fun to watch him and Revis battle it out.

  8. scudbot says: Sep 24, 2011 3:01 PM

    Why should Newton have been ROTW? Passer rating was 72.

  9. theysone says: Sep 24, 2011 3:03 PM

    Ramofsteel is 100% correct.

  10. tjacks7 says: Sep 24, 2011 3:04 PM

    Well you generally don’t win “player of the week” type awards when you turn the ball over 3 times.

  11. goatcheez says: Sep 24, 2011 3:04 PM

    When you throw 3 INTs you shouldn’t win ROTW i don’t care how many yards you throw. Media is loving them some Cam right now huh? I’m as surprised and impressed as everyone else at his poise in the pocket and down field strikes but if you throw 3 INTs, it’s not a good day, period. Rookies make mistakes though and he’ll grow from it but it’s still a bad day no matter how many yards you throw for.

  12. mrcosio says: Sep 24, 2011 3:05 PM

    Much like LT’s career was wasted in San Diego humb0lt?

  13. mmmpieyummy says: Sep 24, 2011 3:05 PM

    Finally, the Raiders have found a go to receiver…about damn time. DHB might be relegated to the bench very soon.

    Nice to see a Raider other than Seabass get some nice hardware.

  14. raidermanrock says: Sep 24, 2011 3:06 PM

    h

    hey moron that thinks the raiders wont make the playoffs .you can suck it thay will make the playoffs and more get a life bro

    th

  15. theripster30 says: Sep 24, 2011 3:10 PM

    Well this award is completely meaningless if u ask me. That being said, Newton will be ‘rookie of the week’ before this season ends.

  16. denbronx says: Sep 24, 2011 3:10 PM

    Not a Panther fan or a Newton fan but yeah, Newton is getting robbed.

    And yes the chokeland raiders WILL MISS THE PLAYOFFS!!!!

  17. jamie54 says: Sep 24, 2011 3:11 PM

    Moore deserved it he had a heckuva day.

  18. profootballwalk says: Sep 24, 2011 3:12 PM

    Three INTs and a loss will do that.

  19. wonderboy18 says: Sep 24, 2011 3:16 PM

    If newton had not thrown 3int he would have won it

  20. herlies says: Sep 24, 2011 3:16 PM

    Probably deserved it both weeks, although I’m sure some feel that Newton has just put up empty yards. I watched both games, and he has been impressive.

    He threw 3 picks yes, but only one was a terrible throw. The other 2 were classic rookie mistakes, as he was baited by a HoF DB.

  21. dionoil says: Sep 24, 2011 3:19 PM

    Seeing as how Newton will likely get rookie of the year, I’ll let others win the sponsored weekly awards

  22. shanahanagans says: Sep 24, 2011 3:20 PM

    Another great pick raiderrob??

    HE may be a great pick, but I’m looking back about 10 years and I still can’t find another…

    You Guys should’ve drafted tebow then you can say that!!

  23. humboldt420 says: Sep 24, 2011 3:23 PM

    Cam Newton will get his due, especially if he can consistently deliver on a week-to-week basis. But, as a first-round pick, isn’t Newton supposed to play well?

    That brings me to Denarius Moore. As a fifth-round pick, it’s seems more impressive/surprising Moore exploded onto the NFL scene against Buffalo. His 50-yard TD catch in double-coverage was a thing of beauty.

    @ Humboldt – Moore wasting away in Oakland? Just like Crabtree is wasting away in San Fran, right?

  24. nflsucker says: Sep 24, 2011 3:23 PM

    Let’s see how Moore fares on Revis Island this weekend. If he’s really good, he’ll have some moments. But I wouldn’t count on it.

  25. sundog05 says: Sep 24, 2011 3:24 PM

    raidermanrock says:

    h

    hey moron that thinks the raiders wont make the playoffs .you can suck it thay will make the playoffs and more get a life bro

    th

    ________________________________

    I see Oakland still leads the nation in literacy these days. You’re right, they will make it to the Sewperbol.

  26. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Sep 24, 2011 3:24 PM

    Hey Humbolt

    Wasted just like every Chargers player’s career who wanted to win a Super Bowl?

  27. beastson says: Sep 24, 2011 3:36 PM

    Rookie of the Year > Rookie of the Week

  28. rdrs68 says: Sep 24, 2011 3:36 PM

    Pair him with Jacoby Ford and look out-we won’t hear all the BS about the black and silver!

  29. oakfan23 says: Sep 24, 2011 3:53 PM

    “D”umbbolt is just jealous guys, he knows he has to notch 2 losses on the schedule already. Don’t look now, but WE’RE BACKKKKKKKK!! LOL

  30. gonzagylot00 says: Sep 24, 2011 4:03 PM

    Denarius would be the most popular player in the league if he took the nickname STormborn.

    How cool would that be, “Denarius Stormborn.”

    Yeahhhhh, instant nerd cred.

  31. packerjer says: Sep 24, 2011 4:03 PM

    Maybe that’s because Denarius Moore didn’t turn the ball over 3 times. Everyone talks about the 422 yards. Nobody mentions the 3 INT, all of which were his fault. It matters.

  32. bharr170 says: Sep 24, 2011 4:17 PM

    Andy Dalton has a passer rating and no INTs while nearly leading his team to a comeback win and AJ Green has 10 catches for 124 Yds and one of the best TD catches I have ever seen (a week after having the game winning TD catch on his first NFL catch) and doesn’t even get nominated. Crying shame nobody outside of Cincinnati sees what these two young men have already done in the NFL. Crying shame.

  33. souldogdave says: Sep 24, 2011 4:38 PM

    Many Raider-haters here. Kinda sad, really.Someone said no good picks by Raiders?LOL.All this will continue, even after we destroy your team, whomever it may be. Moore looks great. Dalton looks great, performance speaks louder than words, particularly words of bravado from the ignorant.McFadden, etc.We will see you down the road.

  34. souldogdave says: Sep 24, 2011 4:44 PM

    And, the nod to Dalton was respect for another team, don’t call me out about Dalton not being a Raider. Many will step up this year, players keep getting better and they softened the game.You can run blind over the middle and they can’t hit a “defenseless receiver”. Perfect tackles are getting flagged and fined.Oh, and Bill’s QB looked great too.

  35. jg725 says: Sep 24, 2011 4:47 PM

    @raidermanrock
    You have a lot of nerve calling someone a moron with your grammar – LOL
    And when was the raiders last SB win?? I think like 30 years ago……..
    so pipe down and be happy they won a game before week 8 !!

  36. sundog05 says: Sep 24, 2011 4:53 PM

    Let’s see what Moore can do against Revis on Sunday. He had some fun against an inept Broncos and Bills secondary. 4 catches for 38 yards….if he’s lucky. Jason Campbell will also feel heat he hasn’t this year and will throw a couple picks, then Sanchez will eat a hotdog in the 4th.

  37. pantherpro says: Sep 24, 2011 4:59 PM

    Cam Newton is best player in NFL. What is Raider nation? A half empty stadium full of clowns?

  38. pantherpro says: Sep 24, 2011 5:03 PM

    Can’t imagine the stench coming out of Oakland Coliseum this week! Instead of the usual 40,000 they must have given away 20,000 seats to anyone in Oakland holding a 40oz and a piece.

  39. ron69 says: Sep 24, 2011 5:04 PM

    should be an “award” for worst player of the week, McClain would have won it with Chris Johnson close second

  40. joetoronto says: Sep 24, 2011 6:12 PM

    shanahanagans says: Sep 24, 2011 3:20 PM

    Another great pick raiderrob??

    HE may be a great pick, but I’m looking back about 10 years and I still can’t find another…

    You Guys should’ve drafted tebow then you can say that!!
    ************************************************
    This statement just proves how truly ignorant you are, the Raiders are stocked with talent.

    The draft before last was a draft for the ages and last year was very good too.

    If you wanna hate, go ahead, but really, you should stay away from statements like this.

  41. kegrun says: Sep 24, 2011 6:36 PM

    Ok Matt Ryan. Start passing that ball to Julio so he gets that RoY.

  42. titanstrides says: Sep 24, 2011 6:57 PM

    the raider nation never went anywhere! come on now, we aren’t charger fans… our team may have sucked but we still rooted for them which is more than I can say for some “fans!”

  43. MichaelEdits says: Sep 24, 2011 8:30 PM

    The excitement we on Panther planet feel about Cam Newton reminds me of something.

    I lived in Tampa during the 70s. The NFL’s biggest losers were down there, losing. Doug Williams screwed up, let the ball get away from him, and threw the ball about 20 yards over the receiver’s head. It sailed into the end zone, where there was nobody at all, and all the Bucs fans in the stadium gave Mr Doug Williams a standing ovation because, at last, we had ourselves a QB who could throw. Worst to first.

    Good times ahead with Cam Newton. I feel it.

  44. escoboltsfan says: Sep 24, 2011 9:20 PM

    Leodis McKelvin makes me wanna throw up

  45. jeremyb91 says: Sep 24, 2011 10:01 PM

    Denarius Moore is another is a long line of Raider steals, yet when he was drafted he was considered another Al Davis speed pick. It’s great to see Al Davis pick his type of players and watch them excel. He now has two solid WR’s in Jacoby Ford and Moore, two consecutive late round steals.

  46. jeremyb91 says: Sep 24, 2011 10:07 PM

    As for Newton, he’s looking like he’s going to surprise everyone. I’m holding my opinion of him until the end of the season. Rookie QB’s who excel early tend to hit a wall. Only a handful of rookie QB’s have excelled throughout a whole season because they couldn’t adapt to the changes defenses make. Once defenses stop Newton for a few weeks will he adapt and overcome, or will he not make the necessary changes? I’ll wait and see.

  47. green41563 says: Sep 24, 2011 10:08 PM

    deadeye says: Sep 24, 2011 2:49 PM

    Denarius Moore, barring injury, will be a stud for years to come.
    _____________________________________

    Based on one game?

  48. staffordsyear says: Sep 24, 2011 10:15 PM

    @ pantherpro
    Cam newton best player in the nfl?
    Stick to your homework kiddo.

  49. artflooney says: Sep 24, 2011 11:06 PM

    These stats are getting depressingly ridiculous. Like baseball’s did right before it’s demise.

  50. keepyerstickontheice says: Sep 25, 2011 12:28 AM

    He earned it. Made big plays with defenders all over him. Much as I hate “The, Ray-da’s”, I’ll give it up for this guy, good passes and good catches. Say what you want, the Bills secondary is not their weak point. The Jets are are about to find out what this guy can do. Keep ya head up, Revis.

  51. tatum064 says: Sep 25, 2011 6:43 AM

    mrcosio says:
    Sep 24, 2011 3:05 PM
    Much like LT’s career was wasted in San Diego humb0lt?

    =====================
    Score? Get the first ring Charger fan, then come see us…regardless of what year we won it in…..

  52. tatum064 says: Sep 25, 2011 6:45 AM

    denbronx says:
    Sep 24, 2011 3:10 PM
    Not a Panther fan or a Newton fan but yeah, Newton is getting robbed.

    And yes the chokeland raiders WILL MISS THE PLAYOFFS!!!!

    ===============
    Yes Panther fan, we dropped 52 on you in Oaktown back in the Gruden era.

    Get the ring first, Panther fan…get the ring first. As we tell many of our legions of haters. (Steelers, Pats of course excepted)

  53. tatum064 says: Sep 25, 2011 6:46 AM

    shanahanagans says:
    Sep 24, 2011 3:20 PM
    Another great pick raiderrob??

    HE may be a great pick, but I’m looking back about 10 years and I still can’t find another…

    You Guys should’ve drafted tebow then you can say that!!
    =============
    Uh…”cant find another pick”? Darren McFadden?

    troll much?

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