Saquon Barkley beats out Baker Mayfield for Offensive Rookie of the Year

Barkley’s 2,028 scrimmage yards tops Mayfield’s NFL QB rookie record for TDs

Daryl Ruiter
February 02, 2019 - 6:01 pm

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Baker Mayfield thrives on haters, doubters and disrespect.

Chips on his shoulders are fuel to his fire and Saturday he earned another chip when it was announced that New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley beat Mayfield out for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

The award, voted on by members of the Associated Press that cover the league, was revealed at the league’s NFL Honors show in Atlanta, Georgia, site of Super Bowl LIII between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft received 26 1/2 votes, Mayfield, taken first overall, had 21 1/2 votes.

Barkley led the NFL with 2,028 scrimmage yards – 1,307 rushing and 721 receiving – this past season for the Giants, who went 5-1. He scored 15 touchdowns, 11 on the ground while joining Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James as the only rookies in league history to rack up over 2,000 scrimmage yards.

Barkley not only won the award but he also won a friendly bet with Mayfield over the outcome of the award that earns him a customized chain and Mayfield will pick its design.

In just 13 starts, 14 games total, Mayfield broke the NFL’s rookie touchdown record for quarterbacks with 27, surpassing the previous mark of 26 held by Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson, which was accomplished by both QBs in 16 starts.

Mayfield completed 63.8 percent of his passes and threw for a franchise rookie record 3,725 yards while leading the Browns, who won 1 game the previous 2 seasons, to 7 victories – 6 as a starter and 1 in relief marking the greatest single-season turnaround in franchise history.

The 2-time college walk-on and 2017 Heisman Trophy winner didn’t see the field until Week 3 where he led the Browns to a 21-17 come-from-behind victory over the New York Jets in relief of starter Tyrod Taylor, who suffered a concussion trailing 14-0, to end the franchise’s 19-game winless streak.

Cleveland fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley midseason and the team won 5 of their last 7 games led by Mayfield, who threw 19 of his touchdown passes over the final 8 games of the season.

During the show, Mayfield helped to present the best touchdown celebration of the year which went to the Seattle Seahawks.

Mayfield and the Browns, who were nominated for that win over the Jets, lost to Aaron Rodgers' comeback from a knee injury to beat the Bears for the Moment of the Year.

Mayfield beat out Barkley to win Rookie of the Year honors from the Pro Football Writers of America, but Barkley also beat Mayfield for Pepsi Rookie of the Year, voted on by fans.