Yankees rep Barkley jersey for fantasy draft week

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While he isn't a die-hard baseball fan, Saquon Barkley is thinking about getting some more New York Yankees apparel.

They were always his team growing up, and the bond got a little tighter for the 22-year-old Barkley over the past 24 hours when four Yankees donned his No. 26 jersey a day before the baseball team conducted a fantasy NFL draft.

It happened Wednesday night before the Yankees headed to Boston for a weekend series. After their game with Texas, Domingo German, Gleyber Torres, Gio Urshela and Cory Gearrin donned Barkley's jersey to show their favorite NFL nfl jerseys cheap china

"It's awesome just to see the New York love," Barkley said Thursday, three days before the season opener in Dallas against the Cowboys. "Even though we all play different sports we have the same appreciation for each other. Even though I am not a crazy baseball fan growing up, I have always been a Yankees fan. Everybody's been a Yankees fan and has to be, especially if you are from the New York-Pennsylvania area, where I am from."4

It's not surprising people support Barkley. He was the NFL offensive rookie of the year last season, rushing for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns and catching 91 passes for 721 yards and four TDs. He finished with a league-best 2,028 yards from scrimmage.

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With a seemingly better offensive line following the addition of Kevin Zeitler at right guard and Mike Remmers at right tackle, the expectations for Barkley are over the moon.

Sunday's matchup against the Cowboys should be interesting because it pits the top two NFL rushers in 2018, Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys and Barkley, the No. 2 pick overall in last year's draft.

Elliott won the rushing title with 1,434 yards, sitting out the final game of the season. He finished 27 yards behind Barkley in the race for most yards from scrimmage, so he probably would have won that had he played.

Barkley is happy Elliott ended his holdout this week and got a new $90 million contract. But it's not going to motivate him. He said being held out of the preseason to keep him fresh, has his juices flowing.

Barkley believes he is the best running back in the league and he would not be surprised if either Elliott or Todd Gurley of the Rams felt the same way.

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