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Giants RB Saquon Barkley sets new NFL record in a special rookie season

Saquon Barkley, have yourself a day.

Barkley capped his special season by setting a new mark for a rookie running back on Sunday against the Cowboys, and added one more record before the game was over.

The 21-year-old caught his 89th pass just before halftime of New York’s season finale in front of the chilly home crowd at Metlife. That’s the most receptions in a single season by a rookie RB in NFL history. Reggie Bush (88) set the previous mark in 2006.

Helping the Giants score their second touchdown and cut their deficit against Dallas in the third quarter, Barkley garnered over 2,000 yards from scrimmage this season. It’s only the third time in history a rookie RB has done that, alongside Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James

The Giants’ 2018 second overall pick had an incredible first year with New York — the final of the year being no exception. Barkley jogged off the field for halftime with 60 total yards on eight touches (six carries, two receptions).

During Barkley’s three-year career as a Nittany Lion, he broke and set numerous Penn State Records including most rushing touchdowns in a career, most rushing yards by a freshman and sophomore as well as most total yards in a single game.

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