The regular season is still far from over with four weeks remaining until the playoffs get underway, but that hasn’t stopped NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling from announcing his 2018 NFL All-Rookie Team.
Earlier this week, Wesseling broke down his All-Rookie team and revealed that two members of the New York Giants made the cut.
The first, as you may have expected, was running back Saquon Barkley.
Running back: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
Numbers, highlight clips, versatility, workload, in-season improvement — Barkley has it all. He’s on pace to join Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James as the only rookies ever to amass at least 2,000 yards from scrimmage. His 12 trips to paydirt represent 44.4 percent of the team’s offensive touchdowns this season. Where Barkley really shines, though, is through the eye test. How can one back inspire so many varied comparisons? The Barry Sanders shuck-and-jive to break free behind the line of scrimmage. The Walter Payton broken-tackle rampage through a hoard of defenders. The Marshall Faulk-like mismatch, lined up out wide or in the slot to take advantage of linebackers and safeties in coverage. The explosive jump-cuts of Adrian Peterson, the power of Marshawn Lynch, the leaping ability of Billy Sims. … We could go on for hours.
The second Giant to make the cut was not linebacker Lorenzo Carter, who has also played well this season, but guard Will Hernandez, who started strong but has leveled off a bit.
Guards: Quenton Nelson, Indianapolis Colts; Will Hernandez, New York Giants
Nelson has improved throughout the season, becoming the first guard in NFL history to capture Offensive Rookie of the Month honors back in October. Coaches and teammates credit the draft’s No. 6 overall pick for instilling an infectiously punishing playing style that has turned the perennially overmatched Colts offensive line into a fortress for Andrew Luck. A rose among thorns, Hernandez has held his own on a beleaguered blocking unit that has begun to open holes for Saquon Barkley in the second half of the season.
Barkley is likely headed for the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, while Hernandez stands a good chance at being named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team.