The Cleveland Browns had one of the finalists in the Offensive Rookie of the Year race. Quarterback Baker Mayfield, despite his historic season as the Browns’ quarterback, lost out to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley.
You win some, and you lose some. And today, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield just barely lost out on the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
First reported by Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, the NFL selected New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants as the NFL’s best offensive rookie, in perhaps the tightest race in years.
The award was well-deserved, no matter who took home the hardware. Barkley is just the third rookie ever to have over 2,000 scrimmage yards, joining the elite company of Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James. But, it’s hard for Browns fans not to feel just a little bit disappointed, as their best rookie in years misses out on a major trophy.
Despite just missing out, Mayfield’s future looks as bright as ever, as he leads the Browns into 2019 and beyond. The Browns have their main man at quarterback, and he’s the perfect player to lead the Browns to the playoffs in the coming years, and hopefully far beyond that.
Congratulations to Saquon Barkley, and congratulations to Mayfield as well, as this may give him the chip on the shoulder he needs to keep pushing himself just as hard as ever. We all have seen how well he responds whenever he does feel slighted at all.