New York Giants Saquon Barkley
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New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley finds himself at the top of the league in jersey sales before playing in an NFL game. 

The second-overall pick for the New York Giants is already winning big before taking his first snap in the NFL. Saquon Barkley led the entire NFL in jersey sales for the three-month period of March 1 – May 31. This according to statistics released Thursday by the NFL Players Association, and reported by Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Adamski reports that Barkley is first in jersey sales by a “wide margin.”

In the top-10 list for jersey sales for that period, Barkley happened to be the only rookie. He also was the only non-quarterback in the top-seven of jersey sales. As far as all licensed merchandise is concerned, Barkley finds himself fourth on the list. Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz are the only players ahead of him.

Since being drafted by the Giants in late April, Barkley has cemented himself as a star in New York. Not even reaching training camp for his rookie season yet, Barkley has already thrown out the ceremonial first pitch for the New York Yankees and participated in the Landon Collins Celebrity Softball Game.

The former Nittany Lion is expected to be a star on the field for the Giants. Big Blue hasn’t had an expectation like this for a running back in years. Additionally, they haven’t experienced a dominant running game for nearly a decade.

With all the hype he’s getting off the field in New York, fans hope he can deliver on the field for the Giants in 2018, and for years to come. With training camp beginning next Wednesday, and the first preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on August 9, we can only wait and see what Barkley can bring to the table. However, according to the jersey sales, many believe he will be a sensation on the field.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.