Saquon Barkley: Giants drafted me to win now

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Saquon Barkley didn’t know the Giants were picking him until he saw the New Jersey area code on his phone soon after the Browns made Baker Mayfield the No. 1 overall choice.

“Yeah, a lot of people had a lot of speculation and reports the Giants were going to take me, but to be completely honest with you, I didn’t know 100 percent sure until literally when the Browns drafted Baker, I got a phone call,” the Penn State running back said. “When I saw the New Jersey number, that’s when it was 100 proof I knew I was getting drafted to the Giants.”

He understands the Giants passed on a quarterback to take him. They didn’t get Eli Manning‘s heir apparent, but Barkley gives the Giants a better chance to win now by adding another playmaker to an offense loaded with them.

“Yeah, winning now that’s what you play the game for — to win and to win championships,” Barkely said when asked about the Giants passing on Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen. “In my visit with the Giants, you walk in you see the Super Bowl trophies hanging up in the trophy case, and that’s something you admire; that’s something you strive for; and that’s the standard of that place. You know the expectation when you walk in.

“They went 3-13 last year with a lot of injuries, but that’s football. That team is a lot better than 3-13. Very talented especially on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the ball. You’ve got Eli Manning, a proven quarterback, a great wide receiving corps like by OBJ [Odell Beckham], one of the best wide receivers in the NFL if not the best wide receiver in the NFL. To be able to put myself in the offense and hope, God willing, have the success I had in college and command the attention that I had in college in the backfield. It’s kind of like pick your poison and hopefully I can have that success at an early age.”

7 responses to “Saquon Barkley: Giants drafted me to win now

  1. He won’t help at all. The rest of the team is dysfunctional and/or horrific. This team scares no one. There is no offensive line. If this guy averages 3.0 yards per carry, the Nightmaras will be lucky.

  2. Giants drafted you to get pancaked, the best o lineman is an overpaid, overrated LT. Kid is good, special, but as an eagles fan, im pumped they didn’t take a QB and set up their future. Might be better next year, good short term pick but they won’t be picking that high again and have entered the world of trying to find a franchise QB, ask the other teams in that boat how that works out

  3. “Very talented especially on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the ball.”

    Way to throw your special teams teammates under the bus on Day One. (Joke)

  4. Seems way to commercial. Reminds me of the ND QB who made all those commercials and played for Cleveland.

  5. elyasm says:
    April 26, 2018 at 10:16 pm
    “Very talented especially on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the ball.”

    Way to throw your special teams teammates under the bus on Day One. (Joke)


    Barkley probably has no clue but the Giants’ ST’s was a total nightmare. He was right even though he wasn’t even thinking about it.


    As per the Eagles: They mortgaged a ton of depth for a QB who got them 1/2 way there. Will Wentz hold up? If anyone thinks Foles is a long term answer, I got a Bridge…

    I think the Giants can trade up just like anyone can and mortgage the house, if need be one day soon. But they didn’t like any of the QB’s.

    They were only concerned about Cleveland drafting Barkley but the Jets made that moot by trading up early and basically making it obvious that Mayfield was the pick. Browns were forced to take Mayfield at 1 (no one jumped the Jets for Darnold).

    Jets get another turnover machine (Geno and Sanchez)
    Bills get a guy with an accuracy problem and I agree with Aikman (hard to fix his version of accuracy issues).
    Rosen wouldn’t last 5 games in the NFC East.

    So the Giants had no choice but to actually draft the BPA and he will open up the field. Giants won 2 recent SB’s with so-so Olines and a good production from the RB’s.

    Happy you all finally got 1. Now you can build a trophy case.

  6. I wonder if Barkley realizes he won’t get to play against FCS schools so he can inflate his numbers. He piled up a lot of his numbers on big runs because of his speed. Guess what, EVERYONE in the NFL is fast. I still can’t get over the fact that Rutgers shut him down–that’s right, Rutgers. I wonder what Giants fans will be saying when he’s averaging two yards per carry because NFL defenses are going to shut his mouth.

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