Running back is one of five finalists
Think Saquon Barkley should be the 2018 NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Year? Well, you have a chance to make that happen for the record-setting New York Giants running back.
Barkley is one of five finalists for the honor, and you can vote at NFL.com/rookies. Voting will continue until Monday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. ET.
Need some Barkley highlights to refresh your memory, or just take care of a football fix? How about a Baldy’s Breakdown of some of Barkley’s best plays?
As wonderful as Barkley is, until and unless the Giants properly identify a long-term heir to Eli Manning there will always be debate over whether or not the Giants should have selected Sam Darnold No. 2 overall instead of Barkley.
Giants GM Dave Gettleman has zero doubt that he made the right decision.
“I’ll say it again: us taking Saquon was not a referendum on the quarterbacks, it was a referendum on Saquon – on the player he is, and on the person he is,” Gettleman said at his season-ending press conference. “If I was in that situation 100 times, I’d draft him 100 times.”
Here are breakdowns of the five candidates:
A 2019 Pro Bowl selection, Barkley led the NFL with 2,028 scrimmage yards and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (2,212 scrimmage yards in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999) as the only rookies with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in NFL history. Barkley recorded 91 receptions in 2018, the most by a rookie running back in league annals.
Chubb finished with 1,145 scrimmage yards, the third-most among rookie running backs and totaled 10 touchdowns during the 2018 season. Chubb set a franchise rookie record with 996 rush yards and totaled four games with at least 100 rushing yards this season, tied for the second-most by a rookie in 2018.
Leonard led the NFL with 163 tackles, the most by a rookie since Luke Kuechly in 2012 (164 tackles). Leonard recorded seven games with at least 10 tackles, tied for the most in the league and was the only player in the NFL with 100 tackles and seven sacks in 2018.
Lindsay ranked second among rookies with 1,037 rushing yards and became the third undrafted rookie since 1970 with 1,000 rushing yards. A 2019 Pro Bowl selection, Lindsay is the first undrafted offensive rookie to the be selected to the annual All-Star game.
Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield
Mayfield led all rookies with 3,725 pass yards and had 27 touchdown passes, the most by a rookie in league history. Mayfield threw at least one touchdown pass in all 13 of his career starts and became the third QB in the Super Bowl era with a touchdown pass in each of his first 10 career starts.