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Eddie Royal, fresh off a nine-catch, 146-yard, one-touchdown outing against the Oakland Raiders, through fan voting was named the Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week.
Royal also had two runs for nine yards, attempted one pass and returned three kicks for 30 yards.
Royal’s 146 receiving yards marked the sixth-highest total by a player making his NFL debut since 1960, and Royal leads the NFL in that category after one week of the season. His receiving yardage was the third-highest single-game total by a rookie in Broncos history.
With nine receptions, the former Virginia Tech Hokie set Broncos franchise single-game rookie records for most catches in a game as well as most catches in an NFL debut.
He beat out four other finalists — Baltimore’s Joe Flacco, Chicago’s Matt Forte, Tennessee’s Chris Johnson and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan — for the award.