Saquon Barkley first Giants rookie RB in Pro Bowl since 1965

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Saquon Barkley was one of three New York Giants selected to the Pro Bowl. It could be the first of many for the rookie running back.

Safety Landon Collins and kicker Aldrick Rosas also earned Pro Bowl honors for the Giants. Collins was the team’s only representative last year.

Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., despite leading the fan voting among NFC receivers, was not selected as a starter. It is the second straight year that he missed out. He broke his ankle last season.7
Barkley’s inclusion was hardly a surprise. He was third among all vote-getters at any position, with 987,562 fan votes. The selections were made by a combination of votes from fans, coaches and players.

Despite being first among running backs in fan voting, Barkley finished behind Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, who was named the starter. Barkley is third in the NFL with 1,155 rushing yards. Only Gurley and Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott have nike

It has been that kind of season for the Giants rookie. He has lived up to billing as the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, with 12 games of more than 100 total yards from scrimmage. He’s one short of tying Eric Dickerson’s rookie record of 13.

Barkley, who already owns Giants rookie records for rushing yards and touchdowns, is having one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time. His 1,809 yards from scrimmage are just 403 shy of Dickerson’s rookie record, set in 1983.

But Barkley has said throughout that while the records and individual honors such as the Pro Bowl are nice, they are not his priority. He noted that one day he would like to win a rushing title and has seen where he currently stands.

“It’s an honor to be up there,” Barkley said last week. “But at the end of the day, that doesn’t really matter. It only matters how many wins you get, and we’ve got to figure out how to continue to get those wins.”