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5:46 PM ET
ESPN News Services
Saquon Barkley, described by some as a generational running back, is The Associated Press 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.
The second overall draft pick who rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns behind a weak New York Giants offensive line drew 26.5 votes from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield and Giants RB Saquon Barkley, the top two picks in last years NFL draft, have a bet riding on the outcome of the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
Barkley edged top overall draft pick Baker Mayfield, who earned 21.5 votes. In addition to the award, Barkley also will soon be sporting a chain courtesy of Mayfield as a result of a wager with the Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback on the outcome.
The losers got to get someone else a chain, Barkley told cleveland.com earlier this week. We get to pick the chain and we get to have fun with it because obviously everyones talking about whos going to win.
In a rarity, a guard, Quenton Nelson of the Indianapolis Colts, 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.
This kid is a special player, a special talent, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. Hes such a big, powerful guy that has breakaway speed. Sometimes, its impossible, but you kind of have to get two or three bodies on him. Hes 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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