OFFENSE: WR HAKEEM NICKS, NEW YORK GIANTS
- Nicks, a first-round draft pick (No. 29) out of North Carolina, scored a touchdown in all four October games.
- He had 14 receptions for 297 yards (21.2 average) and became the first Giants rookie with a touchdown reception in four consecutive games since 1948 (BILL SWIACKI).
- Three of Nicks’ touchdowns went for at least 30 yards (62, 54 and 37), the most by any rookie in the month.
- His four touchdown receptions during the month tied for the NFL lead and Nicks’ 297 receiving yards were the most by a rookie.
- For the season, Nicks ranks second among all NFL rookies with 315 yards (16 catches) and his 19.7 yards per catch average is the highest among all rookies with at least 10 receptions.
- Nicks is the first Giant to earn NFL Rookie of the Month honors since safety GIBRIL WILSON (Defense, October 2004). He joins tight end JEREMY SHOCKEY (November and December 2002) as the only Giants to be named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month.
DEFENSE: S JAIRUS BYRD, BUFFALO BILLS
- Byrd, a second-round selection out of Oregon, started all four games at free safety and totaled 15 tackles, five interceptions and seven passes defensed as the Bills posted a 2-2 record in October .
- Byrd is the first rookie with five interceptions in a month since Chicago Bears safety MARK CARRIER (December 1990).
- He is the first rookie with two interceptions in two consecutive games since Dallas Cowboys cornerback EVERSON WALLS in 1981.
- In the past two wins, the Bills offense converted three of Byrd’s four interceptions into touchdowns (one against the Jets and two against the Panthers).
- Leads all NFL rookies and ranks second in the NFL with five interceptions (DARREN SHARPER, 6)
- Byrd joins safety DONTE WHITNER (September 2006), linebacker SAM COWART (October 1998) and defensive end GABE NORTHERN (November 1996) as the fourth Bills player to earn a Rookie of the Month Award.
Courtesy of the NFL