Pepsi Rookie of the Year

The St. Louis Rams' Todd Gurley, Oakland Raiders' Amari Cooper, Kansas City Chiefs' Marcus Peters, Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jameis Winston and Seattle Seahawks' Tyler Lockett were standout rookies during the 2015 season. Read up on this year's nominees and then cast your vote for the Pepsi Rookie of the Year.


Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders

Cooper led all rookies with 72 receptions and 1,070 receiving yards, which were also both franchise rookie records. Cooper had five games with at least 100 receiving yards and he became the first rookie with three 100-yard receiving games in his team's first six games since Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Ditka in 1961.

Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams

Gurley ranked third and led all rookies this season with 1,106 rushing yards. Gurley, who was selected to the Pro Bowl, had five games with at least 125 rushing yards, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (seven in 1983) for the most ever by a rookie. Gurley rushed for 10 touchdowns and was one of six players in the league to have 10-plus rushing touchdowns.

Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks

Lockett was selected to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist, but also contributed as a wide receiver. Lockett finished the season with 664 receiving yards, six touchdown catches and added a punt-return (Week 1) and kick-return touchdown (Week 3). Lockett joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (1965) as the only rookies in NFL history to have at least five touchdown catches, a kickoff-return touchdown and a punt-return touchdown.

Marcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs

Peters finished tied for the most interceptions in the NFL this season with eight and was selected to the Pro Bowl. His 280 interception-return yards and 35.0 INT-return average were the most in the league. He returned two interceptions for touchdowns, a 90-yarder in Week 15 and 55-yarder in Week 2. Peters finished the season with 60 total tackles, 26 pass defensed, eight interceptions and a forced fumble.

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Winston set franchise records for most passing yards (4,042) and touchdown passes (22) by a rookie. Winston's 4,042 passing yards are the third-most by a rookie in NFL history and his 22 touchdown passes are tied for the fourth-most by a rookie in NFL history. In Week 11, Winston threw five touchdowns with no interceptions and joined Ray Buivid (Dec. 5, 1937) as the only rookie quarterbacks in NFL history to accomplish the feat.


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