San Francisco 49ers second-round draft pick LaMichael James has been active for two games in his young NFL career.
The second performance last week in New England, however, earned the 49ers running back a Week 15 Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Week nomination along with quarterbacks Kirk Cousins, Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson and kicker Blair Wilson.
James’ 62-yard kickoff return in San Francisco’s 41-34 win over the Patriots set up a critical 38-yard Michael Crabtree to give the 49ers fourth-quarter breathing room. The reserve running back also accounted for 133 yards on four kickoff returns in a late-season win for the 49ers that kept the team atop the NFC West. James added 31 rushing yards on eight carries, giving him 164 total yards in a big win for San Francisco.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year will be announced at the second annual “NFL Honors” awards show in New Orleans on Saturday, February 2, the night before Super Bowl XLVII.
A closer look at the finalists:
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins completed 26 of 37 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins’ 38-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
San Francisco 49ers RB-KR LaMichael James accounted for 133 yards on four kick-returns with a long of 62 yards which helped setup the eventual go ahead score as the 49ers beat the New England Patriots 41-34.
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill completed 22 of 28 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns in the Dolphins’ 24-3 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Minnesota Vikings K Blair Walsh was a perfect five for five on field goals, three of which were from 50-plus yards which helped the Vikings defeat the St. Louis Rams 36-22.
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson completed 14 of 23 passes for 205 yards and one score as well as picking up 92 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in the Seahawks’ 50-17 win over the Buffalo Bills.
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