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Saquon Barkley Named 2018 AP NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year

Giants RB Wins Over Baker Mayfield

February 02, 2019 - 7:59 pm
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By The Associated Press

Saquon Barkley, described by some as a "generational running back," was named The Associated Press 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday.

The second overall draft pick who rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns behind a weak Giants offensive line drew 26 1/2 votes from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league. He edged top overall selection Baker Mayfield; the Cleveland quarterback earned 21 1/2 votes.

“It’s crazy to win this award,” Barkley said after receiving the trophy. “Definitely an honor. You dream about stuff like this when you’re a little kid. To actually accomplish this is amazing.

“Definitely want to shout out to Baker. He had a great year.” Barkley added. “Happy for him, proud of him."

In a rarity, a guard, Indianapolis' Quenton Nelson, got two votes in balloting announced at NFL Honors.

Barkley also made a team-high 91 receptions for 721 yards, and his 2,028 yards from scrimmage led the NFL.

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"This kid is a special player, a special talent," said Eagles coach Doug Pederson. "He's such a big, powerful guy thate has breakaway speed. Sometimes, it's impossible, but you kind of have to get two or three bodies on him. He's a tremendous running back, and a load to bring down."

Barkley is the second Giants player in five seasons to win the award; wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., took it in 2014. They are the only Giants to win it.