Saquon Barkley Wins AP Offensive Rookie of the Year

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The honors keep piling up for the Giants top draft pick from 2018.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley's tremendous first NFL season has been named the Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The Rookie of the Year honors, given to one offensive player and one deensive player, is voted on by a paenl of Associated Press writers.

Barkley, chosen second overall in the 2018 draft, edged out Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, chosen one draft slot ahead of him, for the honor at the annual award program held in Atlanta Saturday night.

Barkley, who earlier in the day was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Year, becomes the third Giants player to win the AP Rookie of the Year honors since its inception in 1967, joining linebacker Lawrence Taylor (1981) and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (2014) as previous winners.

Barkley, who led the NFL in yards from scrimmage and became just the third rookie in league history to break the 2,000-yard mark and who a week ago took part in his first Pro Bowl, was also announced as the Pepsi Rookie of the Year, an award determined solely via an online vote by fans.

Barkley became the second Giant to win the Pepsi ROY honors since its inception in 2002, joining tight end Jeremy Shockey, who won it in 2002.

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