Saquon Barkley continues the stellar start to his season

AP

The one, and maybe only, bright spot for the Giants may be running back Saquon Barkley. And maybe he should be burning even more brightly.

In each of his six career regular-season games, Barkley has generated more than 100 yards from scrimmage. He’s one game short of the all-time record of seven 100-plus-yard games to start a career, set by Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt a year ago.

Last night became Barkley’s best performance yet, with 130 yards rushing on 13 carries and another 99 yards on nine catches.

But there’s something that isn’t quite right about Barkley. More specifically, there’s an issue with how the Giants use him.

Other great running backs become the focal point of the offense, the guy who is presumed to be getting the ball, and who indeed gets the ball until safeties crowd the line of scrimmage and defenses become susceptible to play-action passes. In Dallas, for example, that’s precisely how Ezekiel Elliott has been used.

In New York, Barkley feels less like a workhorse and more like a role player who happens to make the most out of his opportunities when they come. So maybe more opportunities need to come his way, with Barkley being the focal point of the offense and the Giants using his skills to get defenses to swarm to him, exploiting the holes that necessarily will emerge elsewhere among the 11 guys available to try to slow the offense down.

If nothing else, fake handoffs to Barkley, after Barkley pounds the defense repeatedly, will take some steam out of the pass rush, giving quarterback Eli Many some/any time to throw. Currently, he has nearly none.

25 responses to “Saquon Barkley continues the stellar start to his season

  1. Last night was the first time I’ve really watched Barkley and the Giants. That kid is without a doubt a game changer. The run he had on the 55-yard screen pass was ridiculous. Though I did think the 9-yard carry he had on the drive prior to that where he made a couple nasty jump cuts and hurdled past 2 defenders might have been even better. You just don’t see guys do that in the NFL. The only person I’ve ever seen make people miss and make moves like that was Barry Sanders. This kid is absolutely the real deal

  2. The Giants are like my late Grandfathers farts. I know they’re going to stink, but I’m never sure when or how he would rip them off.

  3. Considering how terrible the Giants offensive line is and has been for about five years now, it’s nothing short of incredible how well Barkley is playing. He makes something out of nothing on almost every play, and his ability to break tackles is fantastic. Definitely the only bright thing about the Giants this year. Sad to see this talented player with such a poor supporting cast around him.

  4. Don’t compare Barkley to Elliot. Elliot thrives because of the great blocking he is given, and rarely ever creates yards when the blocking falls short. Barkley is doing what he’s doing IN SPITE of bad blocking in New York, which shows how special Barkley (and other elite RBs who also can create yards virtually on their own) is.

  5. The problem with Barkley is that he’s always looking for that touchdown run. That causes a bunch of negative and 1 yard runs. While teams don’t like to see 55 yard runs on them, they are more than willing to give that up when you are up 20 points because he’s had a couple of series of 1 or 2 yard runs. He had this problem at PSU so it isn’t always the OL is awful like mentioned in last night’s broadcast.

  6. Saquon was the only Giants offensive player that came to play last night. He was a breath of fresh air. Such a shame his performance was wasted. The rest of the team was absolutely embarrassing, the WR’s weren’t in sync with Eli at all. Not sure what the miscommunication was there, perhaps they should learn the fundamentals of route running again.

  7. Why keep manning in that damn shotgun when he is no threat as a passer. Play action works best when the qb is under center. Manning moves too slow to run an effective play action offense.

  8. The media can rave over him all week if they like. I will take the 3 touchdown victory. I must admit watching Beckham pout because he is no longer the best player on offense is hilarious.

  9. Chris Guest says:
    October 12, 2018 at 10:51 am

    The problem with Barkley is that he’s always looking for that touchdown run. That causes a bunch of negative and 1 yard runs. While teams don’t like to see 55 yard runs on them, they are more than willing to give that up when you are up 20 points because he’s had a couple of series of 1 or 2 yard runs. He had this problem at PSU so it isn’t always the OL is awful like mentioned in last night’s broadcast.

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    He’s has to be looking for that touchdown run. When your pass blocking is that abysmal you dont have any other choice than to go big or go home

  10. This kid is good, I don’t watch college football so last night is the first time I’ve seen Barkley play, he has speed, power, elusiveness, toughness, can catch and block, and has pretty good awareness for rookie. He’s only gonna get better. Even though it’s looking that the Giants need a QB much sooner than later, I can’t see Barkley being a bad draft pick for them, this offense can be effective with just by Barkley and Beckham with any competent QB and decent line. Eli Isn’t playing very well but his o line isn’t doing him any favors either right now.

  11. Again, it doesn’t matter how good the running back is (and Barkley was eye-popping good). Running backs do not change the fortunes of bad franchises. Never have and never will. Zeke’s Cowboys and Saq’s Giants are pathetic.

    Adrian’s Vikings (except for one Favre year and one monster year by AP) were irrelevant.

    LaDainian’s Chargers were mostly irrelevant.

    Marshall Faulk didn’t win anything until Kurt Warner came along.

    The electric Barry Sanders didn’t win anything.

    Nada for Dickerson.

    Walter Payton was old and spent by the time the Bears put together a championship team.

    While you have outliers like Emmitt (who was great and contributed greatly, but was ultimately on a stacked team in all facets), history does not favor running backs as transformers of bad franchises.

  12. He’s a Barry Sanders type with the body size of Adrian Peterson and toughness of Marshawn Lynch. I pity the defenders who have to try to tackle this guy

  13. Such a brutal game for the Giants.

    Other and Barkley… there was no light. Eli looked horrid even when he had time. No chemistry, no flow, no rhythm.

    The OBJ drama queen is now contagious with others, including rookies. Purge the infection and cancerous cell. Stop it now.

  14. granadafan says:
    October 12, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    He’s a Barry Sanders type with the body size of Adrian Peterson and toughness of Marshawn Lynch. I pity the defenders who have to try to tackle this guy

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    You don’t have to pity them. With the Giants playing this poorly, Barkley may hurt them, but they’ll walk away with the win.

  15. A bigger, faster version of Barry Sanders. If he was on a team with a competent OL he’d be unstoppable. The best part though ( or sad in a way ) is that he appears to be ten times the leader and more mature than the mop headed brat they are paying 90+ million dollars to act like a fool.

  16. Couldn’t help but feel a little sorry for Eli last night. Giants’ management needs to look at the Colts during the Grigson era so they can better understand what happens when you don’t have a solid OL. I was going to say “invest in an OL” except they paid a ridiculous amount of money for a left tackle that was getting run over in NE last year.

  17. I still don’t know what a Saquon is. By mid-season this guy will disappear as the infection of the New York Nightmara Family Crime Syndicate takes over and the OL will forget how to block at all and offer him an obstacle course of big stupid men that even a Saquon can’t navigate.

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