- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota and Bills cornerback Ronald Darby are the NFL’s rookies of the month for September.

The NFL announced the honors Thursday.

Mariota, the No. 2 pick overall out of Oregon, becomes the first Titans quarterback to earn offensive rookie of the month honors. Mariota led all rookies with 833 yards passing, eight touchdowns and a passer rating of 109.2 He tied Mark Rypien for the most TDs by any player in his first three NFL games.

He also was the first rookie in NFL history to post a perfect passer rating on the opening weekend in a 42-14 win at Tampa Bay.

Darby, a second-round pick out of Florida State, is tied for the NFL lead with two interceptions. He also led all players with eight passes defensed. Buffalo won both games where Darby intercepted a pass, and his first came in the first quarter of his NFL debut. He started all three games in September and became the first Bills defensive back with at least two interceptions in a season since Jairus Byrd (nine) and Cary Harris (two) in 2009.

The rookie joins Leodis McKelvin as the only Bills cornerbacks to be named defensive rookie of the month. McKelvin earned the honor in November 2008.

This is the third straight season a Bills rookie has been named rookie of the month. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins won the offensive rookie award in October 2014 and linebacker Kiko Alonso was the defensive rookie in September 2013.



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