Three members of the New York Giants — rookie running back Saquon Barkley, safety Landon Collins and placekicker Aldrick Rosas — have been selected for the NFC Pro Bowl team.
Barkley is the first Giants running back chosen for the Pro Bowl since Tiki Barber made the last of his three consecutive appearances in 2006.
Barkley is having the best statistical season by a rookie running back in Giants history. He is third in the NFL in both rushing yards (1,155) and scrimmage yards (1,809), both franchise records for first-year players. Barkley has also set Giants rookie records for touchdowns (13), catches (82) and receiving yards by a running back (654). He needs seven receptions in the last two games to establish a record for NFL running backs (currently held by Reggie Bush, who had 88 for New Orleans in 2006).
Collins has now been selected to the Pro Bowl three consecutive seasons. He is on IR, however, and will not be able to play in the game. Though he has missed the last two games, Collins still leads the team with 96 tackles (67 solo). He finished each of his first three seasons as the team leader in tackles.
In his second season, Rosas has had a breakout year, hitting 28-of-29 field goal attempts, a .966 percentage that places him second in the NFL (former Giants kicker Robbie Gould is first at .967, converting on 29 of 30 tries). Rosas has also made 25-of-26 extra point attempts.
The Giants also had three alternates selected: Michael Thomas (special teamer) and Olivier Vernon (outside linebacker) are first alternates, and Odell Beckham, Jr. (wide receiver) is a second alternate. They will get the opportunity to play in the Pro Bowl if a player (or players) at their position cannot participate in the game.