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Giants news, 11/8: Saquon Barkley’s historic pace

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Rookie running back re-writing franchise, NFL record books

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Saquon re-writing record books

We have already spent some time discussing how Saquon Barkley (519 rushing yards, 497 receiving yards) has a shot at becoming the third player in NFL history to get 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season. He would join Roger Craig (1985) and Marshall Faulk (1999) if he did so.

The list of things Barkley has already, or could eventually, accomplish this season is long.

  • His 58 receptions leads all rookies. At that pace, he would break the franchise record of 107 receptions in a season held by Steve Smith.
  • Barkley has already broken the franchise record for receptions by a rookie running back. That was previously held by Bobby Duhon, who had 37 in 1968.
  • Barkley has a chance to shatter four more receptions records: most catches by a rookie running back (88 by Reggie Bush in 2006); most catches by a running back (102 by Matt Forte in 2014); most catches by an NFL rookie (101 by Anquan Boldin in 2003); and most catches by a Giants rookie (91 by Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014).
  • On pace for 994 receiving yards, Barkley could break three more records: most receiving yards by an NFL rookie running back (874 by Terry Kirby in 1993); most receiving yards by a Giants running back (768 by Frank Gifford in 1959; Gifford had 796 in 1962, but that season had only two rushing attempts and was mostly a wide receiver, so the Elias Sports Bureau considers the 1959 number as the record); and most receiving yards by a Giants rookie running back (531 by Dave Meggett in 1989). Beckham holds the Giants rookie record with 1,305 receiving yards.
  • As a runner, Barkley is on pace to break the franchise record of 836 rushing yards for a rookie, set by Tuffy Leemans in 1936.
  • With seven touchdowns, Barkley has a chance to break the franchise rookie record of 12 (Beckham 2014, Bill Paschal 1943).

Highest percentage of team’s offense

Name Own Yards Team Total Pct.
Name Own Yards Team Total Pct.
Elliott, Ezekiel, Dallas 906 2690 33.7
Barkley, Saquon, Giants 1016 3057 33.2
Conner, James, Pittsburgh 1085 3395 32
Johnson, David, Arizona 601 2012 29.9
Gurley, Todd, Rams 1230 4127 29.8

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