Saquon Barkley adjusting to a pro-style offense

AP

At Penn State, Saquon Barkley played in an offensive system that looked a lot different than any offense in the NFL. Penn State always lined up in the shotgun, and never put a fullback in front of Barkley.

Now that Barkley is a rookie with the Giants, he’s getting ready for something different in coach Pat Shurmur’s offense. Barkley said he’s learning to run behind Shane Smith, who is listed at tight end but also lines up at fullback for the Giants.

“I think it’s great to have a fullback,” Barkley told Matt Lombardo of NJ.com. “Honestly, I’ve never done that in college, but [I’ve been] watching film and seeing the great backs set up their blocks, and how key the fullback is. I think Shane has done a tremendous job of not only knowing what a fullback’s role is, but you can put him at any position in the offense with any route, and he’s going to know how to run it or he’s going to know how to block it. So, I continue to grow in that role, and build that relationship on the field with a fullback. I really feel like that can help take my game to that next level.”

Smith said Barkley has been working hard on learning what a running back does with a fullback in front of him.

“Saquon actually got a bunch of film from Adrian Peterson about running behind a fullback,” Smith said. “Because that’s something he really wanted to learn how to do. We also have Jonathan Stewart, so he’s helping him out. He’s so good, I think he’s going to do just fine.”

With the Giants Barkley will still get plenty of snaps as the sole running back in a shotgun formation, but he’ll also get some carries with the quarterback under center and a fullback in front of him. He’ll be ready.

33 responses to “Saquon Barkley adjusting to a pro-style offense

  1. That’s funny because Nick Chubb isn’t having any issue at all and might even get more carries than Carlos Hyde come week one. What is the adjustment? Take the ball and run over people. That’s it.

  2. Maybe Malcolm focus on cleaning up the controversial hazing incidents of his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, which he has branded on his arm.

  3. dwinsgames says:

    ROY. Write it down.

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    Wow, you must have ESPN. DUH!

  4. Kids going to be a stud in the NFL. Giants did a decent job with upgrading their OL. If you think the Giants Oline is bad, Penn States OL got worse and worse every year and the Kid still produced.

  5. BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    August 7, 2018 at 10:33 am
    That’s funny because Nick Chubb isn’t having any issue at all and might even get more carries than Carlos Hyde come week one. What is the adjustment? Take the ball and run over people. That’s it.
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    Actually, Trent Richardson is exhibit #1 as to why that doesn’t work. If you can’t read the defense and find the hole in the NFL, no amount of speed or power is going to make you effective.

  6. Pro Football Focus tracks yards before contact which looks at how far the RB gets before the first defender touches him on each run. For Barkley, the average was NEGATIVE half a yard. So on his average carry, Barkley had to make a guy miss in the backfield before he even got going.

    The read option offense also meant he had to stand still while the QB put the ball in his belly and read the field. Nearly every play had a run pass option so he didn’t even know if he was getting the ball on most plays until the last second.

    The Penn State OL was not very good. Guice would cry to him mommy if he had to play behind the PSU OL.

    That’s also why Barkley became very good as a pass protector. In today’s NFL, if a RB can’t pass protect, he can’t play.

    Barkley is a stud in every way. Smart, coachable, hard working, and ultimate team player. And Penn State did not grind him down with a ton of carries like LSU did with Fournette. Barkley has fresh legs.

  7. Nick Chubb was the best RB in last draft. It’s amazing how even NFL execs get caught up in the hype. Giants would have drafted a QB. Without Gilbride Eli Manning is trash.

  8. Ron Jull says:
    August 7, 2018 at 10:22 am
    When did the Giants start usung a Pro offence? Did they get a new quarterback?

    That’s very smart of you. Think that QB won 2 Super Bowls.

  9. Giants running a run play from the shotgun……..SHOCKING!! Doesn’t matter who our coach is we will run this play 16 times a game. Thank god we have a real RB for once

  10. Nick Chubb, the guy who got subbed out for Sony Michel in passing situations. Soon to be watching Duke Johnson on passing downs.

    From day 1, Barkley is one of the top receiving backs in the NFL. He’s a complete player which is why he was drafted so high. He will impact both the run and pass game like Leveon Bell does.

    The only people who think Barkley is over-hyped have either never seen him play or they are SEC homers who think it doesn’t count unless you do it in the SEC.

  11. I like Barkley and I have no problem with the Giants organizatoin (or fans.)

    But seriously: “He’ll be ready.”

    Those are pretty strong words from a non-biased blog, and for pre-season and training camp. Hype much?

  12. There was a guy named Barry Sanders. When he entered the NFL, he played in a run-n-shoot offense– no FB. Then, I believe Wayne Fontes is fired and Bobby Ross comes in and tries to install an offense w/ a FB. That Barry Sanders guy stunk at it.

    He should have taken your ‘just take the ball and run over people’ advice.

    BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    August 7, 2018 at 10:33 am
    That’s funny because Nick Chubb isn’t having any issue at all and might even get more carries than Carlos Hyde come week one. What is the adjustment? Take the ball and run over people. That’s it.

  13. BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    August 7, 2018 at 10:33 am
    That’s funny because Nick Chubb isn’t having any issue at all and might even get more carries than Carlos Hyde come week one. What is the adjustment? Take the ball and run over people. That’s it.
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    ^^^Wish these Bay area people would stick to what they know. You know like veganism, shooting smack in the streets, going to Antifa rallies, etc. UGA runs a more pro-style offense and not the spread offense that Penn St. runs.

  14. logicalvoicesays says:
    August 7, 2018 at 10:18 am
    The best RB in the NFC East is named Derrius Guice.
    ——————————————————————————————–What you meant to say is Derrius Guice is the RB with the best chance to moonlight as a drag queen, right?

  15. I’m a giants fan and cautiously optimistic is what I am. Let me see how good they made him in Madden along with the o line and I’ll let you know if we can expect 8-8, playoffs or we won’t have to worry about getting a high pick for a qb, even though Webb is probably a viable qb.

  16. Ron Jull says:
    August 7, 2018 at 10:22 am
    When did the Giants start usung a Pro offence? Did they get a new quarterback?

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    NFC East Starting QBs

    Eli Manning: 2 SB wins
    Carson Wentz: 0 SB wins
    Dak Prescott: 0 SB wins
    Alex Smith: 0 SB wins

  17. twinfan24 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:03 am
    BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    August 7, 2018 at 10:33 am
    That’s funny because Nick Chubb isn’t having any issue at all and might even get more carries than Carlos Hyde come week one. What is the adjustment? Take the ball and run over people. That’s it.
    —————
    Actually, Trent Richardson is exhibit #1 as to why that doesn’t work. If you can’t read the defense and find the hole in the NFL, no amount of speed or power is going to make you effective.
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    Trent Richardson could not run over anyone. Even the great Jim Browns called him pedestrian. Knocking down an old coach in practice doesn’t make you a good running back. He was garbage in the NFL. Look at Lagarrette Blount. That’s all he does is run people over. We he played for TB, he was averaging almost 6 yards a carry.

  18. BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    August 7, 2018 at 10:33 am
    That’s funny because Nick Chubb isn’t having any issue at all and might even get more carries than Carlos Hyde come week one. What is the adjustment? Take the ball and run over people. That’s it.
    ——————————————————————————————-

    ^^^Wish these Bay area people would stick to what they know. You know like veganism, shooting smack in the streets, going to Antifa rallies, etc. UGA runs a more pro-style offense and not the spread offense that Penn St. runs.
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    Any articles about rookies ”adjusting” is a very polite way of saying ”having a sub par training camp”… We shall see who is the better running back on Thursday. Chubb is with the ones just like Barkley is so it should be an apples to apples comparison. And he can’t run against a bottom feeding defense the past 2 seasons, then it’s going to be a Looong season for him.

  19. Regarding Chubb, I thought the better back in the championship game was Michel and it wasn’t even close. If they keep running Michel in the 2nd half GA has a better chance of winning that game. Chubb has 0 shiftiness to him, he’s a straight-ahead runner, but we’ll see how it all plays out soon enough.

  20. BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    August 7, 2018 at 1:37 pm
    BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    August 7, 2018 at 10:33 am
    That’s funny because Nick Chubb isn’t having any issue at all and might even get more carries than Carlos Hyde come week one. What is the adjustment? Take the ball and run over people. That’s it.
    ——————————————————————————————-

    ^^^Wish these Bay area people would stick to what they know. You know like veganism, shooting smack in the streets, going to Antifa rallies, etc. UGA runs a more pro-style offense and not the spread offense that Penn St. runs.
    ———————————————————————-
    Any articles about rookies ”adjusting” is a very polite way of saying ”having a sub par training camp”… We shall see who is the better running back on Thursday. Chubb is with the ones just like Barkley is so it should be an apples to apples comparison. And he can’t run against a bottom feeding defense the past 2 seasons, then it’s going to be a Looong season for him.
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    First off…SERIOUSLY? Do you follow the team you say you root for? Browns first depth chart has Chubb with the 3’s not the 1’s. Stop hitting the Cali smack they all love in S*hole San Fran. Barkley is having a great camp, not sure what “adjusting” you mean. Barkley saying he is adjusting to a FB is not the same as “adjusting” to the NFL game. All-Pro CBs are having trouble covering him in the passing game, runs between the tackles with no problem, and pass blocks like a seasoned veteran. Barkley is in for 3 downs. He is going to be a beast this year for the Giants. Chubb on the other hand might not see more than 5 carries a game with Hyde and Johnson. See who the better running back is on Thursday? Its preseason game 1. That will literally show you nothing outside of someone getting injured. Wow you westies don’t know American sports. Stick to games you know, like which one of us is a commie, how much tofu can i eat before i puke, am i a girl or a boy, you know all those hippy games you guys love.

  21. PSU used to run a pro-style offense when JoePA was there.
    It’s sad that Franklin has strayed from tradition and brought his SEC offense with him.

  22. This is why I like Rashaad Penny to be a better RB than any of these guys. The only problem with him is that he’s got Chris Carson in front of him and Chris seems to have something to prove this year after getting hurt last year.

    The Seahawks are trying to reestablish their downhill running game so keep an eye on both of those two if you play FF.

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