Eagles head coach takes shot at Giants for losing Saquon Barkley in free agency: ‘Got your best player’

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The rivalry between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles only grows stronger by the day. This offseason, things heated up when the Eagles signed former Giants star running back Saquon Barkley in free agency. Now Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni is attempting to rub salt in the wound at OTAs.

Eagles HC Nick Sirianni brags about the signing of Saquon Barkley

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Sirianni was asked about the Eagles signing Barkley and took a shot at the Giants while praising his new running back:

“Sometimes you see Giants fans around here, with it being so close,” Sirianni told the media (h/t SNY). “They give me a good ‘go Giants’ and I typically let it go. But if the guy gets me good enough, I usually say, ‘you know, we got your best player.'”

Barkley signed a three-year, $37.7 million deal with the Eagles this offseason. He will face off against the Giants for the first time in Week 7 at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants should be fine without Barkley

Jan 13, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans running back Devin Singletary (New York Giants)(26) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter in a 2024 AFC wild card game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 13, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans running back Devin Singletary (26) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter in a 2024 AFC wild card game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

To make up for the loss of Barkley, Big Blue signed running back Devin Singletary in free agency. While he might not be the household name that Barkley is, Singletary is a high-quality rusher that should be a productive back in 2024.

Barkley rushed for 962 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 2.91 yards after contact per attempt while forcing 31 missed tackles and securing 51 first downs in 2023. Singletary averaged 2.88 yards after contact per attempt, with 36 missed tackles forced and 44 first downs. Singletary finished the 2023 season with 898 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He also added 30 receptions for 193 yards.

The Giants are moving away from having a bell-cow rusher as they had with Barkley over the last four years. Instead, Singletary will be the lead rusher in a committee backfield, joined by rookie Tyrone Tracy Jr. and second-year RB Eric Gray. The Giants’ rushing attack should be adequate despite the loss of Barkley this offseason.

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