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Redskins QB Griffin, Patriots DE Jones rookies of the month

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10/4/2012 12:55:31 PM
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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones have been selected as the NFL's top rookies for the month of September.

Griffin, the second overall pick of the draft, won the offensive award. He led all rookies and ranked fourth in the NFL with a 103.2 passer rating after completing 69.4 percent of his throws for 1,070 yards with four touchdowns and one interception.

The Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor also rushed for 234 yards, the most for any quarterback during the month, and four touchdowns. He helped the Redskins to a 2-2 mark to start the season.

Jones, a first-round pick out of Syracuse, picked up the defensive honor. He led all NFL rookies with three sacks in September, adding 19 tackles and two forced fumbles for the 2-2 Patriots.

Others considered for the offensive award were Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck, the first overall pick of the draft who threw for 846 yards with five touchdowns in three games; Washington running back Alfred Morris, who led all rookies with 376 rushing yards and tied for the NFL lead with four rushing touchdowns; and Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who threw for 1,046 yards with a pair of touchdowns.

Defensive nominees included Tennessee linebacker Zach Brown, who had 22 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble; and Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David, who led all NFL rookies with 33 tackles.

Robert Griffin III  (Photo: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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