Make it one NFL season and one Pro Bowl for rookie running back Saquon Barkley, one of three Giants voted into this year’s installment of football’s annual All-Star showcase by fans, players and coaches.
Strong safety Landon Collins and kicker Aldrick Rosas were elected as starters, and Barkley also made the NFC roster to become the first Giants rookie to make it since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014 and the first Giants rookie running back since Tucker Frederickson in 1965.
Beckham, meanwhile, was snubbed this season, named only as a second alternate, while Michael Thomas (special teams) and Olivier Vernon (outside linebacker) are first alternates.
They may play in the Pro Bowl if players at their position cannot participate in the game. Players from the two Super Bowl teams do not participate in the Pro Bowl, which will be played on Sunday, Jan. 27, in Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
Collins is headed to his third consecutive Pro Bowl but will miss the game for the second straight year after undergoing left shoulder surgery on Dec. 12 to repair a partially torn labrum. Last season Collins would have been the Giants’ lone representative but was unable to play due to a broken forearm.
Barkley, the No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, 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 a first-year player. Tuffy Leeman’s former team rookie rushing record of 830 yards had stood for 82 years.
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).
Barkley needs two rushing touchdowns to break Bill Paschal’s franchise record of 10, set in 1943, and one to break a tie with David Meggett (1989) and set a record for touchdown receptions by a Giants rookie running back.
Collins is the first Giants player selected to three consecutive Pro Bowls since Beckham.
Collins started each of the first 12 games at strong safety, but hurt his shoulder in an overtime victory against Chicago on Dec. 2. 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.
Rosas is the first Giants kicker selected to the Pro Bowl since Josh Brown in 2015. The second-year pro has had a breakout season, hitting 28 of 29 field goals, 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 for 109 points, the league’s ninth-highest total.
Rosas, a former undrafted free agent out of Southern Oregon in 2017, had a horrible rookie season but rebounded in a big way and even was named the NFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the Giants’ 30-27 overtime victory against the Bears.
He made all three of his field goal attempts, including the game-winning 44-yarder in overtime and a franchise-record 57-yarder on the final play of the first half. The previous long field goals in franchise history were a pair of 56-yarders by Ali Haji-Sheikh in 1983, vs. Green Bay on Sept. 26 and at Detroit on Nov. 7.
Rosas’ previous long field goal was a 53-yarder at Carolina on Oct. 7. The field goal was Rosas’ fourth from at least 50 yards this year, tying the Giants’ single-season record for long three-pointers set by Brown in 2014.
Rosas‘ only field goal miss this season was on a 52-yard attempt against Philadelphia on Oct. 11. He has kicked three field goals in a game four times this year.