Barkley also set Giants single-season rookie records for most rushing touchdowns, most rushing yards, and most total touchdowns.
The talented back took home several honors that year, including the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year award, the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award and the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year award. He was named to the Pro Football Writers Association’s All-Rookie Team and the AP All-Rookie Team, as well as the 2018 Pro Bowl. Barkley also rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2019 despite missing three games with a high ankle sprain, becoming the first player in franchise history to top the 1,000-yard rushing mark in each of his first two seasons.
Lawrence’s promising campaign earned him the No. 9 slot in Pro Football Focus’ Top 50 NFL rookie rankings following the conclusion of the 2019 season. The 22-year-old earned a 76.1 overall grade from PFF, but Lawrence really left his mark in the run game. The No. 17 overall pick in last year’s draft earned a 76.3 run defense grade, which ranked 21st among the 117 qualifying interior defenders. Among the six interior defensive linemen selected in the first round of the 2019 draft, Lawrence was the only one to play 500 or more snaps and earn an overall grade above 70.0.
Lawrence was also named to PFF’s 2019 NFL All-Rookie Team. He racked up 38 tackles (24 solo), 2.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, and nine quarterback hits. He also recorded one forced fumble and one pass defended while playing in all 16 games.
As Spratt writes, “Barkley again broke a tackle on more than one-fifth of his touches in 2019 and looks like a generational running back at still just 23 years old. And with 18 hurries in his rookie season, Lawrence showed surprising versatility for a player who looks the part of an old-school run-stopper.”
Of course, the success of the Giants’ young roster will largely depend on the development of second-year quarterback Daniel Jones.
Jones put together a historic first season in the NFL. In 12 starts, last year’s No. 6 overall pick completed nearly 62 percent of his passes for 3,010 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while adding 44 carries for 274 yards and two touchdowns. Jones set numerous franchise rookie records, including most passing yards, most passing touchdowns, highest completion percentage, most completions (284), and highest passer rating (87.7).