New York Giants: Saquon Barkley puts elite speed on display (Video)

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley puts his speed on display during OTAs.

After an electrifying rookie performance by New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley in 2018, the upcoming season only presents more optimism for the dual-threat player.

Barkley is not only devastating from out of the backfield, but he’s also a stellar receiver and blocker. His abilities have a wide range and his impact is obvious when on the field. He showed his elite speed once again on a short pass over the middle during OTA practices on Wednesday.

Check out the clip below:

Watch as Barkley completely smokes the mid-level defenders and puts Jabrill Peppers in overdrive trying to catch up to him. Remember, Peppers is one of the fastest defenders on the team and most athletic – he’s nearly left in Barkley’s dust but thankfully the sideline saves him.

Last season, Saquon averaged 7.9 yards per reception and 5.7 catches per game. In comparison, Ezekiel Elliott averaged 7.4 yards per reception. I imagine Barkley’s statistics will increase even more with the rebuilding of the offensive line.

General manager Dave Gettleman made it a priority to build out the offensive front with the signing of Nate Solder, drafting of Will Hernandez, trading for Kevin Zeitler, and signing of Mike Remmers. I left Jon Halapio out as Spencer Pulley could win the job over the former practice squad member.

There’s no doubt the line look more put together on paper at this point, and adding top talent will surely help the overall efficiency of the unit. Barkley will be a clear benefactor of the trenches being solidified. If you recall, the claiming of Jamon Brown influenced the offense significantly – he played far better than Patrick Omameh and it showed in Eli Manning and Barkley’s performances.