Saquon Barkley has the early lead within the Rookie Rumble of early 2019, however the mountainous prize, a title belt — uh, chain, if truth be told — is quiet up for grabs.
That is fine: Barkley and Baker Mayfield have faith a exiguous bit wager that awards the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year winner a label contemporary chain.
“Or not it’s for a chain,” Barkley mentioned, by skill of The Easy Vendor’s Mary Kay Cabot. “The loser’s obtained to gather someone else a chain. We gather to contrivance cease the chain and we gather to have faith an very just correct time with it on story of obviously every person’s talking about who’s going to cling, and at the conclude of the day we would like to search every other cling, however we would moreover like to search ourselves cling too, however we made a exiguous bit wager with it correct to showcase how pleasant we are that it’s bigger than correct the award.”
It’s bigger, for both franchises. Mayfield looks to be every bit of the franchise quarterback the Browns hoped they were getting when they spent the first overall contrivance cease on him within the 2018 NFL Draft. Barkley, the next contrivance cease within the draft, looks to be the game-changing running motivate the Giants moreover hoped they’d gather with the No. 2 contrivance cease.
The 2 aren’t correct incessantly bonded by their draft show — they’re moreover pals, as Barkley alluded to in explaining the chain prize. Barkley had nothing however obvious issues to claim about Mayfield, which used to be doubtless a exiguous bit more straightforward after the running motivate took home the Pepsi Rookie of the Year award this week.
“Baker is wonderful,” Barkley mentioned Thursday. “He went one, I went two. He won the Heisman, I won Pepsi Rookie of the Year. There might be nothing I’m in a position to claim nefarious about Baker. He is one of my real pals. We’re if truth be told doing a time out with every other organising rapidly. I correct like his play, what he did for Cleveland this 365 days.”
The provocative phase about Barkley winning the Pepsi award used to be how the fashioned-season finishes didn’t if truth be told appear to subject. Consider this: Mayfield won the Pepsi Rookie of the Week award seven situations within the fashioned season. Barkley won it correct once, equaling the amount of weekly achievements for Mayfield teammates Denzel Ward and Slice Chubb, who every earned the appreciate once.
Yet, Barkley won the season’s award. Would possibly possibly moreover Barkley’s market (Recent York City) be a ingredient?
There is just not any questioning Barkley’s affect on the Giants, who struggled to a 5-11 tag that would’ve been very a lot worse, had the rookie not carried out every thing in his vitality to steal the crew afloat. Barkley tied the crew’s rookie receptions recount with 91, matching Odell Beckham’s 2014 tag, rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns, and racked up 721 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. He used to be a likelihood on every down and normally prolonged plays by making more than one tacklers omit. Barkley’s video games were a take care of to glance on most Sundays.
He moreover disappeared in a number of late-season video games (Weeks 15-16), one thing he had an inclination of doing whereas at Penn Explain, too. Again, though, he used to be running at the motivate of an offensive line that wished half of of the season correct to became competent. His rookie 365 days used to be an uphill battle, and he ended up sprinting over the hill.
Mayfield’s case will most definitely be stronger, relying on what one values. The quarterback who saw his first fashioned-season action as a talented late within the first half of of a Thursday-evening Week 3 game ended up resetting the rookie passing landing recount in 13 1/2 video games. The outdated tag, residing by both Peyton Manning in 1998 and Russell Wilson in 2012, required all 16 video games, including weight to Mayfield’s fulfillment.
He moreover helped the Browns to their ideal single-season turnaround in franchise historical past, going from 0-16 in 2017 to 7-8-1 in 2018. Mayfield posted a recount of 7-7 in video games whereby he looked and a passer ranking of 120 or better in four of his final seven video games. The rookie used to be about as hot as any quarterback within the NFL in that span (assign for Patrick Mahomes), and clearly the cream of the lauded 2018 rookie QB gash.
Maybe the deciding ingredient on this speed is price and significance. Mayfield will get the edge right here, in consequence of both the nature of and the historical past of ineptitude at the quarterback predicament in Cleveland since 1999. The future hasn’t been brighter than it’s now in Cleveland, not for the reason that crew returned as a selection franchise correct earlier than the flip of the century. Mayfield is a pleasant clarification for that.
Or even it is the energy of one’s highlight reel. Barkley has heaps of them, and the moderate fan would not have faith all that great time to glance your total season of every. Barkley’s body of labor is moreover difficult to argue with.
We will behold Saturday for the length of NFL Honors who folks who quilt the NFL think is more deserving of the award. A jeweler’s bill depends upon it.