After a devastating 2017 season for the New York Giants, some fans may be wondering “Who do we need to lead us to a winning season?” Well, newly drafted running back Saquon Barkley has high expectations for the upcoming campaign.
Coming out of Penn State as a junior,Â Barkley rushed for 3,843 yards along with 1,195 receiving yards scoring 51 total touchdowns. As one can see, these are mind-blowing stats, but how efficient can Barkley play with the pros? Â With the Giants drafting “hog mollie” Will Hernandez – hopefully he can strengthen the front line in regard to a poor front-five last season.
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In addition to Barkley and Hernandez, the Giants also acquired former Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart who can be a huge mentor to Barkley considering he has 10 years of experience at the position.
With 8, 613 scrimmage yards and 58 all purpose touchdowns, it can easily be said that Jonathan Stewart has had a very productive career. Although he will not be utilized often by the Giants’ offense, he will certainly be a solid sub for Barkley when a break is necessary.
Following a rough season for veteran quarterback Eli Manning, he will most likely be looking to bounce back alongside Barkley – not just handing the ball off to him, but to deploy him as a receiver out of the backfield and in the slot. Giants General Manager Dave Â Gettleman stated that “This kid makes our quarterback better.”
So Barkley isn’t just a skilled, versatile back, but he strengthens the skills of the teammates around him. Last season former Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has been blamed for causing the losing season for the Giants, but now that Pat Shurmur has taken over as head coach, he thinks that Barkley “Can do everything” and is a firm believer that Barkley can “Score touchdowns from any part of the field.”
Providing Manning with a dynamic back that can split out wide and make plays out of nothing with certinaly cover up his 37 years of age. There’s no doubt quarterbacks begin to decline when they pass a certain threshold, but it seems as if Manning still maintains his arm strength and mental abilities. With the current offense and a few additional pieces next year, there’s no doubt he can’t enjoy a few more solid years in the NFL. Nonetheless, the Giants have begun developing his heir (Davis Webb, Kyle Lauletta) in the hopes that one emerges as a the eventual franchise QB.
Rushing yards: 1,121
Receiving yards: 524
Overall touchdowns: 14