Wide receiver Michael Clayton of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, running back Mewelde Moore of the Minnesota Vikings, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers, safety Sean Taylor of the Washington Redskins and linebacker Jonathan Vilma of the New York Jets are the finalists for the Pepsi NFL rookie of the week honors for games played on October 17-18, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote for one of these five players on NFL.com beginning Tuesday morning and ending on Thursday afternoon to determine the Pepsi NFL rookie of the week. The Pepsi NFL rookie of the week will be announced Thursday afternoon.
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 throughout the month of January. The winner will be announced at a press conference at Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville.
A closer look at the finalists:
Tampa Bay's Michael Clayton caught eight passes for 142 yards in the Buccaneers 28-21 loss to the St. Louis Rams. Clayton's reception and yardage totals were both career highs, and he now leads the Buccaneers with 31 catches for 443 yards this season. His 44-yard catch in the second quarter set up a Tampa Bay touchdown.
Minnesota's Mewelde Moore carried 15 times for 109 yards and caught seven passes for 78 yards in the Vikings' 38-31 win over the New Orleans Saints. In only his second NFL start, Moore recorded his first 100-yard rushing game and accounted for 238 total yards, including three kickoff returns for 51 yards.
Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger completed 21 of 25 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns in the Steelers' 24-20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Roethlisberger improved to 4-0 as a starter, throwing touchdown passes of five and seven yards and finishing with a passer rating of 125.5
Washington's Sean Taylor recorded four tackles, one sack and one interception in the Redskins 13-10 victory over the Chicago Bears. Taylor's sack and interception were both the first of his NFL career, and his interception sealed the Redskins' win with less than 30 second left in the game.
The New York Jets' Jonathan Vilma recorded three tackles and one interception in the Jets 22-14 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Vilma's interception came late in the fourth quarter with the Jets leading 15-14 and set up Curtis Martin's second touchdown run of the day.
Moore Up For Rookie Of The Week
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