Saquon Barkley happy Damon Harrison is his teammate

AP

The Giants already knew Saquon Barkley is fast on his feet. The running back also proved he has a quick wit.

The No. 2 overall choice was asked for his response to teammate Damon “Snacks” Harrison, who said he can’t wait for training camp to line up against Barkley and “hit his ass and see what he’s made of.”

“My response to that is I am happy we are on the same team,” Barkley said, via quotes distributed by the team. “He only gets to hit me maybe once or twice a year rather than a full game. Snacks is arguably one of the best defensive lineman in the NFL. I definitely have a lot of respect for him and how he carries himself as a vet. You could just watch him on the field. I am going to say I am going to run away from that. I am happy he is on my team and my side.”

Barkley is “positive” he doesn’t want an opportunity to try to run over the 341-pound Harrison.

“I don’t know anyone in this league that could run over Snacks,” Barkley said. “His name is Snacks for a reason. Just happy he is on my team and fortunate that I get to play with him.

Barkley, though, isn’t afraid of contact. He spent Wednesday morning watching film of Le'Veon Bell‘s blocking as he attempts to become a running back able to do it all.

“What Stew [Jonathan Stewart] has been teaching me is how to set up your blocks,” Barkley said. “For me, I did it so natural in college that I didn’t even notice I was doing it. Now, understanding and seeing the play before it develops and seeing the linebacker overflowing, that is how you set up cutback lanes. A guy who does it the best is Le’Veon Bell. I was watching him this morning and how he was picking up blocks. I think you have to be versatile as a running back. Catch the ball in the backfield and be able to block. Be able to run in between tackles and outside of tackles. If you really think if the three backs, the top five backs, that is what they are able to do. They block, catch the ball in the backfield and are able to run the ball. Just the way they set up their blocks. That is what it takes to be a top back in the NFL.”

15 responses to “Saquon Barkley happy Damon Harrison is his teammate

  1. Don’t worry, young buck. There are dozens of players in the league who are going to be wanting to knock the snot out of you for real. And they’ll get the chance to do it over and over again.

  2. Saquon definitely “gets it” on paper… and I think he will on the field too. Already studying top backs and getting help from a vet like Stew tells me he wants to be more than just what he was at Penn State. He wants to be an NFL running back.

  3. Can’t wait to watch this kid run. Hope he is as dominant as he was in college. Football can’t come soon enough.

  4. Saquon is the man. Im an Eagles fan but I watch every Giants and Cowboys game on TV. Sorry Redskins, you are only interesting against other NFC East teams. NYG will be interesting, Dallas will implode and quit early, and the Skins will not live up to their roster (again).

  5. Barkley worked hard at Penn State to be a total weapon and not just a runner. He’s already a much better blocker than most RBs coming out. Had had to be because Penn State’s OL was Swiss cheese.

    His average yards before contact was negatuve half a yard, meanin on average he was touched by a defender behind the line of scrimmage. Lots of top college RBs struggle cuz they are used to running through big holes and that rarely happens in the nfl. Barkley is already used to looking for cracks.

    He’s a team first guy. When stars are refusing to play in bowls, Barkley not only played but played hard. He actually wanted to play more but coach held him back.

    That’s another positive. Penn State did not run him into the ground like LSU did with Fournette. Lots of people think RBs only have so many carries in them before they get too beaten up. Barkley had relatively few carries for a star RB.

  6. Barkley was a workhorse at Penn State. He ran back kicks, was a receiver out of the backfield with 54, and had 217 carries. Its a fallacy to say he wasn’t run into the ground, he was basically the enire Penn State offense. The kid will make the Giants better and last as long as he lasts, that’s football.

  7. He’s happy now…but 4 years down the road after he’s outperformed his rookie deal and every rookie drafted after the 1st round is hitting free agency for that huge 2nd deal…Barkley will be playing on a team friendly 5th year option and facing the prospect of being franchise tagged 2 years like the Steelers did to Leveon!

    He’ll be 27 or 28 years old by the end of all of this and the Giants will have used him up and be ready to cut him loose!!! Don’t believe me? See: Odell Beckham…

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