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Saquon Barkley ties Odell Beckham Jr. for most TD’s in first 18 games with Giants

Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr.

New York Giants star second-year running back Saquon Barkley tied former teammate in wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. with the most touchdowns in a player’s first 18 games with the franchise.

Barkley’s 16 touchdowns in 18 games, per NFL Research on Twitter, tied Beckham Jr. after the Penn State product completed a 27-yard rush to the end zone for an early, first-half score for the Giants.

Beckham, another offensive marvel right out of the gate in his early career with the Giants, stunned audiences with his athleticism and speed. Barkley still has time to best Beckham’s record, though, with a fourth quarter ongoing at the Meadowlands.

The Giants selected Barkley with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft—controversially not picking a quarterback due to the obvious performance decline of 38-year-old franchise quarterback Eli Manning. New York would use their first-round pick the next year, last April, to take Duke product Daniel Jones sixth overall; heir apparent under center for the two-time Super Bowl MVP Manning.

New York traded Beckham to the Cleveland Browns in the offseason for a first-rounder and safety Jabrill Peppers. Beckham and the Browns struggled Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans, losing by a 30-point margin in the season-opening tilt.

Beckham, sent out of the New York metro area due to constantly clashing with general manager Dave Gettleman and the front office, recorded seven receptions for 71 yards, not scoring a touchdown, in his debut with the Browns last week.

Meanwhile Barkley, the key offensive contributor for the Giants, tallied 120 rushing yards on 11 carries for New York in its Week 1 defeat to NFC East division rivals Dallas Cowboys.