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While the NFL rushing title might be a little 5 months 2 weeks ago #180568

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RUTHERFORD Kyler Murray Jersey , N.J. (AP) — out of reach heading into the final week of the regular season, halfback Saquon Barkley is probably going to end his rookie season with the New York Giants with his share of records.The No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft has one league record within reach, can join a very select group of players with his yards from scrimmage total, and he can add to his windfall of Giants records.“He’s one of those rare guys,” said Dallas coach Jason Garrett, whose NFC East champion Cowboys (9-6) will face Barkley and the Giants (5-10) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium“We watched the whole season and he just continues to show up, he is a great football player, and I think everybody felt that way about him coming out of school,” Garrett added. “He was such a dominant player at Penn State and he’s just continued that. The challenge is, he beats you so many different ways. He can run the ball inside, he can bounce it and win on the edges, he’s a really good pass receiver, he’s great run-after-catch, he’s physical, he’s hard to bring down with one guy but he’s got quickness and explosiveness, acceleration and speed.”Barkley’s statistics are impressive. He has rushed for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns, caught a team-high 87 passes for 688 yards and four touchdowns http://www.cardinalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-byron-murphy-jersey , and accumulated 1,886 yards from scrimmage.The 21-year-old running back enters the week third in the league in rushing. He is 236 yards behind Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys and 183 behind Todd Gurley of the Rams.Barkley needs two receptions to break Reggie Bush’s NFL mark (88) for rookie running backs, set in 2006. He needs 114 yards from scrimmage to join Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson (2,212 yards in 1983) and Edgerrin James (2,139 in 1999) as only rookies with at least 2,000 scrimmage yards in NFL history.He has already broken the team’s rookie record for yards rushing, needs 2 yards to become the fourth Giant with 1,200 yards rushing, and one rushing TD to set the team record, which he now shares with Bill Paschal (1943).“Not really worried about the records,” Barkley said Thursday. “I care less if I get to 2,000 or if I get the two receptions. I think it’ll be great, it’ll be special for not only myself, but for the team. It would be more special if we get a win.”Not winning the majority of games has been an adjustment for Barkley.“I learned that you’re going to be tested in the NFL,” he said. “There’s going to be highs, there’s going to be lows. You got to stay poised through it all. No matter what, you got to come in and you got to continue to work, continue to have that mindset to get better every single day.”Less than a month ago Andy Isabella Jersey , Barkley talked about challenging for a rushing title. The dream went out the window the past two games as Tennessee and Indianapolis held him to a combined 74 yards rushing.With wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. out of the lineup with a quad injury, it allowed the Titans and Colts to load the box many times and limit Barkley. New York’s offensive line also has been spotty.Barkley raised a few eyebrows momentarily when he said refused to say the rushing title was out of reach.“You never know,” he said laughing. “I’m just kidding, but honestly, you never know. I’m not all about winning rushing titles, or ‘Me, Me, Me,’ but I do believe that I want to be a great player in this league, and I want to go down as one of the best to play in this league, and that’s something you got to do. If you look at all the great running backs, they at least got one (rushing title).”Barkley said his goal Sunday is to compete for his teammates and win. He won’t wait long to get back to work.“Figure out how I can go from doing what I did in my rookie year, and even elevate it to another level,” he said.That would be a pretty good year, too.NOTES: Beckham is looking less likely to play Sunday after missing Thursday’s practice. He has not played the last three games. … Also not practicing: LB Alec Ogletree (concussion), DL Mario Edwards (calf), TE Rhett Ellison (concussion) and WR Russell Shepard (ankle). LB B.J. Goodson (foot) was limited. WR Sterling Shepard (hip) and C Spencer Pulley (calf) practiced fully after being limited Wednesday. …Left-footed punter Brock Miller was re-signed to the practice squad. Dallas has a left-footed punter, Chris Jones. OWINGS MILLS Brian Burns Jersey , Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens rookie general manager Eric DeCosta waited his entire life to make a selection in the NFL draft, so delaying the moment for a few extra minutes wasn’t much of a hardship.When the wait was over, DeCosta selected wide receiver Marquise Brown of Oklahoma.And by trading the 22nd overall pick to the Eagles on Thursday night, DeCosta netted a couple of extra draft choices before selecting Brown at No. 25 overall.After waiting 2½ hours to get on the clock, DeCosta swapped first-rounders with Philadelphia and received the Eagles’ fourth- and sixth-round picks. Then DeCosta took the cousin of NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown. A standout in his own right, Marquise Brown scored 17 touchdowns in two years with the Sooners and had a pair of 1,000-yard seasons.“What are the chances a guy who had to walk to work and fight his way just to get to junior college ends up being the first receiver taken?” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “I’m thrilled for him and his opportunity. He’s going to bring a lot to the Baltimore Ravens. Their fans will love his explosiveness, which we really came to appreciate the last couple of years at Oklahoma.”Brown fills a need for Baltimore after the offseason departure of wideouts John Brown and Michael Crabtree. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder — nicknamed “Hollywood” in part because he grew up in Hollywood, Florida — Brown made a strong impression on DeCosta during a visit to the team complex last week.The relationship gets a bit more serious now.“Him being my first pick was emotional for both of us, the stress that he and I will be forever linked,” DeCosta said.DeCosta replaced Ozzie Newsome, who had the final say in every Ravens draft since the team moved from Cleveland in 1996. After working closely with Newsome for more than two decades, DeCosta took over in January. He had Newsome as an adviser over the past few weeks and Newsome was in the draft room when it came time for Baltimore to make its pick.Stealing a page from his predecessor, DeCosta chose to stockpile picks for the later rounds. As it stands now, the Ravens have two selections in the third round, three in the fourth, one fifth-rounder and a trio of sixth-round choices.“I was a little bit nervous that Philly would take him http://www.panthersfootballauthentic.com/greg-little-jersey-authentic ,” DeCosta said of the first-round swap. “It’s a calculated risk. You know we like to make trades. It made sense to roll the dice a little bit, so we did.”Brown waited anxiously between the 22nd and 25th picks.“When they traded back I got a little nervous, but everything worked out,” he said.DeCosta has been busy since making the jump from assistant GM. To counter for the loss of linebackers Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Za’Darius Smith through free agency, DeCosta signed running back Mark Ingram and safety Earl Thomas, negotiated contract extensions to cornerback Tavon Young, tight end Nick Boyle, kicker Justin Turner and guard Marshal Yanda.He also signed quarterback Robert Griffin III to a two-year deal that keeps him as a backup to Lamar Jackson.Drafted with the 32nd overall pick last year, Jackson stepped in for an injured Joe Flacco in mid-November and led the Ravens to the AFC North title. Newsome gave up a 2019 second-round pick to Philadelphia to get Jackson, so Baltimore’s next selection isn’t slated to come until the third round at 85th overall.DeCosta came into the draft looking to find a wide receiver, a pass rusher and an inside offensive lineman. He checked one off that list by taking Brown, who averaged 18.3 yards per catch at Oklahoma.“He’s got a certain toughness about him and he’s a playmaker,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s a perfect fit for what we’re trying to do offensively.”
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