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San Francisco 49ers' Brock Purdy among finalists for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Brock Purdy's standout rookie season with the San Francisco 49ers could end with a major award: NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The NFL announced the finalists for its awards on Wednesday and the former Arizona high school standout is among the three finalists for the award recognizing the top first-year player on offense.

The other finalists are Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III and New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson.

Purdy being a finalist for the award might be controversial to some — he started just five regular-season games after all — but the quarterback went 5-0 in those starts to help the 49ers roll into the NFL postseason.

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He was the No. 262 pick in the 2022 NFL draft, the last person selected, but became the 49ers' starter after injuries to Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo.

Purdy threw for 1,098 yards and 11 touchdowns in his five regular season starts, also running for a touchdown.

He completed 68.5% of his pass attempts.

Wilson had 83 catches for 1,103 yards receiving and four touchdowns for the season.

Walker III had 1,050 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns.

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The NFL will announce the winner of the award on Feb. 9, when it also announces the winners of its other awards for the season.

Of course Purdy still has his sights set on earning some other hardware at the end of the season.

His team is one win away from a Super Bowl appearance and two wins away from a Super Bowl trophy. He isn't out of the running to end his rookie campaign with a Super Bowl MVP trophy, either.

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The San Francisco 49ers' Brock Purdy is a finalist for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

NFL regular-season award finalists:

Most Valuable Player

  • Patrick Mahomes, quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Jalen Hurts, quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Joe Burrow, quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Justin Jefferson, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings
  • Josh Allen, quarterback, Buffalo Bills

Offensive Rookie of the Year

  • Brock Purdy, quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
  • Kenneth Walker, III, running back, Seattle Seahawks
  • Garrett Wilson, wide receiver, New York Jets

Defensive Rookie of the Year

  • Aiden Hutchison, defensive end, Detroit Lions
  • Ahmad Gardner, cornerback, New York Jets
  • Tariq Woolen, cornerback, Seattle Seahawks

Coach of the Year

  • Brian Daboll, New York Giants
  • Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills
  • Doug Pederson, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
  • Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles

Assistant Coach of the Year

  • Ben Johnson, offensive coordinator, Detroit Lions
  • DeMeco Ryans, defensive coordinator, San Francisco 49ers
  • Shane Steichen, offensive coordinator, Philadelphia Eagles

Offensive Player of the Year

  • Tyreek Hill, wide receiver, Miami Dolphins
  • Jalen Hurts, quarterback. Philadelphia Eagles
  • Justin Jefferson, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings
  • Patrick Mahomes, quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs

Defensive Player of the Year

  • Nick Bosa, defensive end, San Francisco 49ers
  • Chris Jones, defensive tackle, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Micah Parsons, linebacker, Dallas Cowboys

Comeback Player of the Year

  • Saquon Barkley, running back, New York Giants
  • Christian McCaffrey, running back, San Francisco 49ers
  • Geno Smith, quarterback, Seattle Seahawks

NFL playoff picks: NFC Championship Game: 49ers vs. Eagles | AFC Championship Game: Bengals vs. Chiefs | The Republic's predictions

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