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The first major award announced at the NFL Honors Saturday night in Atlanta sparked some controversy, as Saquon Barkley edged Baker Mayfield for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

It’s hard to argue that Barkley wasn’t worthy of the honor. He became just the third rookie running back in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 yards from scrimmage. His first pro season was outstanding, and it was absolutely jam packed with highlight-reel plays (like this).

However, it’s easy to understand why so many fans thought Mayfield got snubbed here. Not only did he prove himself to be a top-tier quarterback — breaking an NFL rookie record in the process — but he is clearly the main reason why the Cleveland Browns are no longer a league laughingstock.

Fans chimed in with some strong reactions to Barkley beating out Mayfield.

Jesse Reed
Managing Editor at Sportsnaut. Featured on Yardbarker and MSN.com, and formerly was a breaking news writer/NFL analyst for Bleacher Report.