Saquon Barkley catches 14 passes, for a stunningly low 80 yards

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When the Giants took running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in the NFL draft, they were surely expecting him to do a lot more than catch six-yard checkdown passes. But that’s primarily what he did on Sunday night.

Barkley caught 14 passes for 80 yards in the Giants’ loss to the Cowboys, which is an unprecedented stat line: No player in NFL history had ever caught 14 or more passes while gaining less than 90 yards until Barkley on Sunday night.

Running the ball, Barkley also failed to break big plays. He finished with 11 carries for 28 yards on the ground. That’s an average of 2.5 yards per carry, to go along with his average of 5.7 yards per catch.

Between drafting Barkley and signing wide receiver Odell Beckham to a new contract, the Giants poured a lot of resources into offensive playmakers this offseason. They’re off to an 0-2 start, and their playmakers aren’t making plays.

48 responses to “Saquon Barkley catches 14 passes, for a stunningly low 80 yards

  1. Woah. Hold on a second. Barkley’s stats don’t paint the complete picture here. Let’s just start with the obvious. The Giant’s OLine STINKS. 6 sacks in a single game is laughable enough. 28 rushing yards means that the Gmen’s OLine is either not opening holes or just flat out STINKS. Either way they STINK! It’s the old adage ‘football games are won and lost in the trenches’. It’s not like the Cowboy’s are the ‘85 Bears for crying out loud. And I’m not knocking the Cowboys or Barkley in any way either. This is Dave Gettleman’s titanic failure. The Giant’s OLine’s decline has been an obvious obvious problem for YEARS now! ANY casual armchair idiot with one brain cell and a pirate eye patch could see this. And yet Gettleman choose to draft a RB? If your QB can’t stay upright then how in the hell does he think that his team has ANY chance to establish a running game? A passing game? You could have Jerry Rice, Spider-Man and Jesus Christ as your positional playmakers and they wouldn’t make any difference because your QB is under duress on every snap! Barkley is a luxury pick for an already good team. The Giants are not exactly a good team. Drafting a RB at number two is stupidly on steroids for a team in the Giant’s situation going into the 2018 draft. Why not find a ‘Dikta’ who covets Barkley that badly and get the ‘farm’ in return? Trade back and acquire more resources up front and add some depth across the roster OR (call me crazy here) draft your future franchise QB if one is rated that high on your draft board. Manning ain’t no spring chicken anymore. I’ll cede this single point. Gettleman does have an eye for talent BUT he is clueless as HOW to build a team. Gettleman’s incompetence pales only in comparison to his stupidity!

  2. Didn’t the Giants draft an OL in Hernandez? We could debate Barkley all day, but as the OL breaks down giving up 6 sacks of Eli, can’t we say it is not efficient enough to open holes for Barkley.

    It is two games so far. Let’s C what they do in the next 4-5 games.

  3. Well, at this rate they’ll be able to draft their QB of the future next year to pair with Barkley.

  4. Coming from a cowboys fan, Saquan is going to be the real deal. The guy is big strong and tough to tackle. If they can fix their o line problems anytime soon, Barkely is going to light up the NFL which is a scary problem for us in the future

  5. Giants should have taken Darnold. Anyone not wearing blue tinted glasses can see how bad Eli is.

  6. It’s the weirdest offense I have ever seen ,,they also had an 11 play drive that netted them 23 yards at that pace they would need 50 plays to go the length of the field !

  7. Well, at this rate they’ll be able to draft their QB of the future next year to pair with Barkley.

    Except that they will still have a lousy offensive line, which impacts RB and QB production and longevity. Gettelman talked all off-season about getting ‘Hog Mollies’ up front. He traded our Center; now we lost our starting Center, and Flowers is a lousy Right Tackle. “Where’s the Beef?”

  8. The good news is: if the giants keep this up, they can get a QB with the number two pick next year!

  9. Eagles fan here…

    If you think he’s overrated, you simply don’t know football. That kid has looked magical at times already in two weeks.

  10. As a Cowboys fan, I can honestly say that I was really bothered to see the Giants draft Barkley. The thought of having to deal with him for the next decade scares me. However, after seeing the Giants middle school offense last night, I feel a lot better about the high school offense the Cowboys are rolling out there.

  11. The Giants defense is learning a new system and has a number of new guys… it’ll take them a little time to gel, but they’re still only allowing 20 points per game. Three TDs from the offense is a win both weeks.

    The O-line is beyond embarrassing. Coaches and analysts were trying to defend Flowers by saying he made a key block on the Barkley 68-yard TD against the Jags. So what? One or two nice blocks out of 50-60 snaps is not worth defending. The team voted Solder a captain – and? He should be ripping his linemates a new one on the sidelines every time they come off the field. And Shurmur should have had them out there for at least 3 quarters of every pre-season game so they could learn to work together.

    There’s a reason Eli has never missed a game (we’ll leave the McAdoo debacle aside for a moment). Eli learned how to take a hit… and that is going to keep him relatively healthy this season. But it won’t make him, Barkley, Engram, or OBJ very productive when the O-line can’t run-block or pass-block.

  12. Looks like this will be two years in a row where my football season is over a week or two before Halloween. Whatever confidence I took out of playing the Jags tough last week all went out the window with last night’s debacle. There’s a reason why its been over two years since the Giants last scored 30 points. As good as the Giants weapons are I dont see them winning more than 4 or 5 games this year. No o-line plus no viable QB equals a top 5-7 pick in 2019.

  13. Actually, y’all got it wrong. It’s not that the Giants OL is bad; it includes Hernandez and Nate Solder, after all. It’s that the Dallas D is for real. The Cowboys got 6 sacks last night, and were missing debatably their #2 and #3 pass rushers in Randy Gregory and David Irving. This defense is legit, and credit to Stephen Jones and Will McClay for drafting well and giving the rookies playing time last year. Marinelli is doing a masterful job on that line, as always. They drafted LB depth, and Kris Rashard is bringing that legion of boom mentality to that secondary. The Cowboys offense may need help, but this is a top 10 defense. Also note – the Cowboys one of the youngest rosters in the league. They’re doing things the right way in Dallas.

  14. Barkley is awesome and he seems like a good kid too, not like that turd OBJ who was invisible last night thanks to Doomsday 3 defense. Wait until Gregory & Irving play, the defense will be even better. The score of the game was flattering to the Giants.

  15. Shurmur is in way over his head…as for Eli, he was done last year….this is gonna get a lot uglier N.Y.G. fans.

  16. Blocking was the real issue. Barkley was consistently breaking the first tackle, but the Cowboys did a good job of swarming to him. Lots of blitz packages the gmen couldn’t keep up with and no time for big plays in the passing game. Cowboys corners played a strong game too.

  17. Apparently the legit QB class is 2020, not 2019 (Im not an authority, this is just what Ive read)…..so the Giants can pick top 3 next years and STILL not be able to draft the QB of the future. They may simply have to tank two years in a row.

  18. The Giants once again have the worst OLINE in football.. 8 sacks, 17 hits and over 20 pressures in 2 games.. Add in the fact that out side of Barkleys 68 yard run, the OLINE has given him nothing to run behind.. They have 9 runs for minus yards in 2 games..

  19. Eli looks so done to me… It’s like he’s not even really trying anymore.

    He feels a little pressure and stops looking at his receivers. I don’t know why he’s looking at the defensive lineman it’s not like he can evade them. 300-pound guys are faster than he is.

  20. Eli is a VCR and the top quarterbacks in the league now are Blutooth technology,it’s just the facts not a knock ,he’s from a different era !

  21. I have been waiting for the GIANTS OFENNSE to blast off now for at least 5 of the last 6 years ,,coach’s have come ,,coaches have gone ,who’s the one common denominator,,it pains me to say it ,,Eli Manning ,the combination of a bad o line and defenses knowing he will turtle up if you get within 2 feet of him is huge the GIANTS offense is very easy to defend due to this !

  22. What a misleading article. Those 80 yards were the toughest 80 yards you’ll ever see. The offense was a disaster. Any other rb would have had 14 catches for 14 yards… tackled immediately.

  23. Chris Collinsworth pointed out Saquon was making the first guy miss on every play. There were just always multiple defenders around him after that first. Only Houdini disguised as Barry Sanders was able to do much with that little. I think Saquon will be fine if they invest in an O-Line so that he only has to make one guy miss to make a big play happen.

  24. You don’t build offensive lines overnight, or through free agency. By the time NY has a good OL, Saquon will be a ~4 year pro, and beat half to death. Face it, they drafted the wrong guy. They needed a quarterback, or begin building the OL. Drafting Saquon and over paying Beckham will only add to NY’s pain. This team is on their 3rd HC in like 5 years, and it’s only going to get worse. Big mistakes this offseason. Uge.

  25. Is anyone surprised that the Giants suck? They have a 37 year old QB that has been regressing the last 2 seasons and with the #2 pick in the draft they took a running back when a solid QB prospect was there to take. Then they overpaid a diva WR, a position that is reliant on a QB getting them the ball, when their QB is old with no viable backup. Giants fans better get used to losing.

  26. Janoris Jenkins did an awesome job on that Cowboys touchdown of flipping into the endzone ,,I give him a 7 on the landing !

  27. You could tell that Eli doesn’t trust Ereck Flowers one bit.

    Eli looked like he was watching and reacting to how Flowers did against Lawrence. Like he was waiting for Flowers to get beat so he’d know where to step up/move to avoid the pass rush.

    I’m disappointed in Hernandez. He has struggled more than I thought he would. Tyrone Crawford pushed him back ugly on quite a few plays; ending up on his butt a couple of times.

    Maybe it’ll come together for him though and he just needs a few games to really adjust to actual NFL game speed (Connor Williams has struggled too). but man, he’s not looked good thus far

  28. You B. Crazy says:
    September 17, 2018 at 10:37 am
    Is anyone surprised that the Giants suck? They have a 37 year old QB that has been regressing the last 2 seasons and with the #2 pick in the draft they took a running back when a solid QB prospect was there to take. Then they overpaid a diva WR, a position that is reliant on a QB getting them the ball, when their QB is old with no viable backup. Giants fans better get used to losing.
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    Every QB in the league would regress behind the line ELI has to play with

  29. Both teams looked bad last night but the Giants looked really bad. Doesn’t matter who the skill postion players are, doesn’t even matter what plays you call, when your O-line is that bad.

  30. “Between drafting Barkley and signing wide receiver Odell Beckham to a new contract, the Giants poured a lot of resources into offensive playmakers this offseason. They’re off to an 0-2 start, and their playmakers aren’t making plays.”

    Its not that they poured resources into these guys, its that they then didnt have the resources to pour into other guys. This is a textbook example of why you dont overpay one player no matter how great you think they are. All that gets you is one of those great player/bad team scenarios. All of Odells fanboys were up in arms until he got paid. Well now he got paid. And the is every bit as great as you said he was.

    And….

  31. I don’t see how you can blame Barkley for this? Tough to do a lot with one yard passes, and if your line isn’t giving the QB any time to throw, not going to have much success.

    Drafting Barkley would have been smarter if the team around him was already very good, but clearly that’s not the case.

  32. The Panthers struggled to move the ball at home on the Cowboys D last week. The Jags D in week 1? I mean, at least give this team a month. I say they are a decent team that played two very good D’s right out the chute

  33. arwiv says:September 17, 2018 at 9:00 am
    Apparently the legit QB class is 2020, not 2019 (Im not an authority, this is just what Ive read)
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    I would put extremely low stock in pre-draft evaluations of QBs, especially so early in the process and college football is still early in the season.

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