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Sammy Watkins a candidate for NFL Rookie of the Week


Sammy Watkins is once again a candidate for NFL Rookie of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.

Watkins tallied nine catches for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns – all career-highs – in the Bills 17-16 comeback win over the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. With just one second remaining, Watkins' TD grab near the boundary capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive that lifted the Bills to victory.

The other nominees are Jaguars LB Telvin Smith, Rams RB Tre Mason, Giants WR Odell Beckham and Redskins CB Bashaud Breeland.

Fans can vote online for one of these five players through Friday at 3 p.m. 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

The Clemson product became the first Bills rookie with multiple 100 yard games in a season since Lee Evans in 2004, and leads all first-year receivers in Bills history with 35 catches through seven games.

All nine of his receptions on Sunday resulted in either a first down or touchdown.


-Watkins leads all NFL rookies in total first downs (27).

-Behind WR Kelvin Benjamin (477) and RB Branden Oliver (451), Watkins (433) is third among rookies in total yards from scrimmage.

-Watkins (24 points) is tied for second in points among rookies (Kelvin Benjamin, 30).

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