All-Rookie Team, offense: Saquon at RB – NFL.com

Saquon Barkley versus Phillip Lindsay is hardly a fair fight.

One of the most hyped college prospects of the past decade, Barkley made the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine his personal showcase en route to the draft’s No. 2 slot with the Giants. A 5-foot-8 dynamo starring in the Broncos‘ backyard at the University of Colorado, Lindsay didn’t receive an invite to the combine much less the draft.

Despite that dramatic difference in pedigree, Lindsay is giving Barkley a serious run for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors as the season reaches its final quarter. The reigning AFC Offensive Player of the Week has been on a tear of late, becoming the only player this decade to average at least 7.0 yards per carry in three consecutive games. At his current pace, he will finish with 1,250 rushing yards, the most by an undrafted rookie in league history, per NFL Research.

One thing Lindsay and Barkley do have in common? They are the only players this season to rush for at least 900 yards without fumbling.

The two dynamic running backs aren’t the only rookies worthy of praise. Let’s unpack the 2018 All-Rookie Team on offense:

Quarterback: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

Hope. When Mayfield came out of the bullpen to lead his downtrodden franchise to a magical comeback versus the Jets in Week 3, even hardened Browns fans saw their black hearts turn red for a precious moment. One of the reasons we cling to sports fandom is the boundless optimism provided by an especially promising young talent with the potential to change lives — and even skylines. Cleveland has been stuck with Brady Quinn, Brandon Weeden and Johnny Manziel, just as Green Bay and Indianapolis suffered through strings of subpar signal-callers before Brett Favre and Peyton Manning provided the

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