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Jeremy Hill nominated for NFL offensive rookie of the month

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Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill, who submitted an impressive opening month in his NFL career, was recognized by the league as a nominee for NFL offensive rookie of the month.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals rookie running back Jeremy Hill was one of 11 players nominated for offensive rookie of the month for the month of September. Hill posted 132 yards rushing on 26 carries (5.1 yard/rush average) and scored two touchdowns in three games.

But it wasn't enough.

The monthly rookie award on offense was given to Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, selected No. 28. Benjamin led all rookies with 329 yards receiving, 21 receptions and three touchdowns (and 81 percent of his receptions led to a first down).

Joining Hill and Benjamin as nominees for the NFL offensive rookie of the month include Arizona WR John Brown, New Orleans WR Brandin Cooks, Cleveland RB Isaiah Crowell, Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans, Arizona PK Chandler Catanzaro, Jacksonville WR Allen Hurns, Eagles WR Jordan Matthews, Buffalo WR Sammy Watkins, Cleveland RB Terrance West and Philadelphia PK Cody Parkey.

Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller won the NFL defensive player of the month award -- no Bengals were nominated.