After a season in which he missed three games and was slowed in others by a high ankle sprain, Saquon Barkley still has immense respect from his NFL peers. That showed Tuesday when Barkley was revealed as No. 31 on the NFL Networks ‘Top 100 Players of 2020’ list.
Nearly 1,000 NFL players voted on the list. Barkley, entering his third season, was No. 16 a year ago.
“He has a crazy elusiveness,” said Washington Football Team safety Landon Collins In the video accompanying Barkley’s selection. “You can be in the right position, he can still make you look dumb.”
Giants’ teammate Evan Engram called Barkley “a special all-around back ... best running back in the league.”
In 13 games last season, Barkley gained 1,003 yards rushing and had 1,441 yards from scrimmage. That came after a rookie season in which he gained 1,307 yards rushing and had 2,028 yards from scrimmage
Running backs Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys (No. 24) and Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings (No. 21) have thus far been ranked higher than Barkley. The top 10 has yet to be revealed, and Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers will be included there.