Saquon Barkley entered Week 17 needing only 114 total yards to go over 2,000 yards from scrimmage on the season. He got it in style.
Barkley eclipsed the milestone in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys. He reached it with a 68-yard run.
RUN @SAQUON RUN!!! Barkley goes for 68 yards and passes 2,000 total yards in his amazing rookie season!#GiantsPride pic.twitter.com/Dv1BixbtJJ
— New York Giants (@Giants) December 30, 2018
With this milestone, an already fantastic rookie year can now be put into historical perspective.
Previously, only Eric Dickerson (1983) and Edgerrin James (1999) had reached 2,000 scrimmage yards as a rookie, doing so for the Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts, respectively.
Rookies with 2,000+ scrimmage yards in NFL history:
• Eric Dickerson
• Edgerrin James
• Saquon Barkley@Giants #GiantsPride @saquon
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) December 30, 2018
New York’s season has been a real disappointment. But the emergence of Barkley has been an unquestioned exception.