Thwarted after Week One and Week Two in the NFL.com rookie of the week fan voting despite throwing for 422 and 432 yards, respectively, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has received some recognition for the tremendous start to his pro football career.
Newton has been named the league’s rookie of the month for September.
He joins Sam Bradford and Tim Couch as the only quarterbacks drafted No. 1 overall to win a rookie of the month award.
Other nominees were Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey, Packers receiver Randall Cobb, Bengals receiver A.J. Green, Saints running back Mark Ingram, Falcons receiver Julio Jones, Ravens receiver Torrey Smith, and Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas.
Amazingly, Raiders receiver Denarius Moore was not one of the finalists.
Cobb was named the rookie of the week for Week One, and Moore won the prize for Week Two.
So, basically, by omitting Moore from the nominees for rookie of the month, the NFL has essentially disregarded the will of the folks who cast a vote for rookie of the week, along with common sense. Moore has been one of the most dynamic offensive players in all of football, and he should have been recognized as one of the candidates for rookie of the month.
UPDATE 2:01 p.m. ET: We’re told that the teams nominate their players for these awards, and that the Raiders did not nominate Moore.