EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Saquon Barkley might not be able to lead the Giants to the playoffs in his rookie season, but he’s well on his way to earning a spot in the Pro Bowl for himself.
The sensational, 21-year-old running back is currently fifth overall in the NFL’s Pro Bowl fan voting, and is one of four Giants players who rank in the top 10 of voting at his position. Barkley has 363,609 votes so far, trailing only Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Rams running back Todd Gurley, and Steelers running back James Conner.
The fan voting – which counts for one-third of the process along with player and coach voting – runs through Dec. 13.
Barkley, of course, has had a phenomenal rookie season so far and seems to be well on his way towards winning the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award, too. Through 10 games he has 728 yards rushing and 64 catches for 540 yards. He also has 10 touchdowns already, including three last Sunday in a 38-35 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when he also rushed for 142 yards and was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Barkley is third in the voting among NFL running backs, but if he ends up going to the Pro Bowl he should have some company, too. Odell Beckham Jr. is also well-positioned to go to his fourth Pro Bowl. He currently ranks second among NFL receivers with 276,490 votes, right behind Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown. Beckham has 69 catches for 932 yards and five touchdowns and figures to be a candidate for the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award after missing most of last season with a broken ankle.
Landon Collins is also a Pro Bowl contender since he’s currently third among strong safeties in the fan voting, behind Jamal Adams of the Jets and Washington’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. And safety Michael Thomas ranks ninth at the special teams position.