Saquon Barkley: “So disrespectful” to ask Trace McSorley to change positions

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Former Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley declined to work with the defensive backs at the Scouting Combine, saying he’s a quarterback, period. McSorley’s highest-profile college teammate isn’t happy that he was even asked.

Giants running back Saquon Barkley, who played with McSorley at Penn State, took to Twitter when he saw the report that NFL personnel people wanted McSorley to change positions.

So disrespectful,” Barkley wrote.

But the reality is, there’s nothing disrespectful about asking a player to change positions. Players are asked to change positions all the time, and there have been dozens of college quarterbacks who played a different position in the NFL. Among the notables are Julian Edelman, Brian Mitchell, Antwaan Randle El, Braxton Miller, Blake Bell, Michael Robinson, Matt Jones, Denard Robinson, Jerick McKinnon, Brad Smith, and Josh Cribbs.

McSorley was the fastest quarterback at this year’s Combine, but he wasn’t a great passer at Penn State. When you’re a fast quarterback but not a great passer, you’re going to be asked to change positions. There’s nothing disrespectful about that.

59 responses to “Saquon Barkley: “So disrespectful” to ask Trace McSorley to change positions

  1. Just depends how bad he wants to play in the League. Sometimes you have to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals.

  2. McSorley looked very small standing next to the other QB prospects yesterday. His lack of arm accuracy was also obvious throwing with them.

    I actually think if it was proven to be the only way he could get into the NFL, Trace would switch to safety. He is still holding out hope of fufilling his dream of being a NFL QB at this point though.

    McSorley will be a 6th or 7th round pick. As to whether he will ever start a regular season game at QB in the NFL? Doubtful.

    A couple years as a 3rd string QB in the NFL isn’t a bad gig in your 20’s.

  3. “But the reality is, there’s nothing disrespectful about asking a player to change positions.”

    Unless you’re asking Lamar Jackson to play wide receiver…

  4. It’s true that players do it all the time, but what doesn’t seem kosher is that he hasn’t even been picked by a team yet. Let a team that has interest investigate whether they’d like him to play somewhere else on the field. Where does the NFL come off telling these guys to change? Seems premature at best and vastly overstepping of their bounds at worst – despite everyone already knowing that these players are treated like chattel to begin with.

  5. Agree about the whole “disrespectful” nonsense. One thing that puzzles me: no mention of Terrell Pryor? After Edelman, he’s freshest in my mind.

  6. He was a good defensive prospect coming out of high school, he has better size for db then qb. The combine coaches were trying to help him get looked at any way he can so he can be drafted. Be a team first guy and do whatever is asked to improve your stock.

  7. Uh he actually wasn’t a bad passer at all. Had some nice comeback wins last season. Not to mention his O Line got worse and worse every season he was there.

  8. So if a person is not qualified for a certain job then they are being disrespected if they are not considered for that position. By that logic there must be a lot of disrespect going on in the world today.

  9. McSorley disrespectfully completed only 53% of his passes this year in college.

    He should respectfully request ANY opportunity at ANY position provided to him.

    Otherwise, maybe we can look for him in a Memphis Express uniform next year.

  10. And the Pats supposedly asked Tebow if he’d consider being a Full Back. Tebow said no.
    For Tebow it was QB or nothing.

    Edleman has also played some defense in the past.

  11. Point blank if you want to play nfl football you change trace or your career will be over before it began.

  12. So disrespectful? Maybe they know he doesn’t have a future as a QB and want to give him a shot at another position? Remember a QB that was a “Future Star” from Ohio St and is currently a WR? Let the players play and the scouts and GM’s scout

  13. Actually its a compliment. We can’t use your talents today at QB but we think your talented enough to possibly make the team at another position. Being able to play more than one position is an advantage over a player who can’t. A team willing to invest their time and give that opportunity is something worthy of consideration.

  14. What they are saying is that no one has any obvious interest in him as a quarterback but they might as a defensive back.
    He can be an nfl reject and there is always the aaf and the soon-to-be xfl.
    Or … he can try to display his skills north of the border a la Warren Moon. Ay!

  15. Warren Sapp – a high school punter (seriously) but his disrespectful college moved him to DT.

  16. Be “respected” and unemployed or “disrespected” and get an NFL job? Seems like an easy choice.

  17. I don’t know if it’s disrespectful, per se, but it doesn’t make sense. The guy spends years doing this one thing, and scouts are trying to convince him to do something completely different.What makes anyone think he’ll succeed at the new thing if they don’t think he’s good at the thing he’s already doing?

  18. Young man needs to swallow his pride and try to enhance his chances of making it in the league, he’s short and doesn’t have a great arm but he’s a great athlete.

  19. Getting any starting role on an NFL team is respect pure and simple. Its not like anyone is entitled to such a thing. You have to be very highly thought of to get that job. There are thousands that cant even get a look for that job.

  20. I could have played in the NFL but didn’t because they wanted me to play a different position is one of those life long regret decisions.

  21. Well brainlets thought Lamar Jackson should work out with the WR’s and I’m glad he didnt, he was the best QB of the 2018 draft class.

  22. Some people think that being drafted is a right, not one of the highest privileges in sports. Dude has a choice: switch positions or stay home. I do not in any way consider that disrespectful. Also sick of these kids equating a bad anything to “disrespect”. It’s called business.

  23. Undrafted free agent signing. SOem team will work him on the practice squad and develop him or convince him to change position.

  24. If Kaepernick was asked to change to WR, you would call THAT disrespectful

  25. Disrespectful is watching former Penn State QB Hackenberg try to play QB. If dude wants to play in the NFL he will show his skills at any position and if not he can go to CFL or AAF to prove his QB “talents”

  26. McSorley is a WINNER! Everyone saw what he did at Penn State which was incredible. In High School he led his team to 4 State Championships. Think about that??? Big time winner that I would never doubt. Good luck Trace stay true to yourself! You have been phenomenally successful.

  27. PhD says:
    March 3, 2019 at 6:46 am
    It’s true that players do it all the time, but what doesn’t seem kosher is that he hasn’t even been picked by a team yet. Let a team that has interest investigate whether they’d like him to play somewhere else on the field. Where does the NFL come off telling these guys to change? Seems premature at best and vastly overstepping of their bounds at worst – despite everyone already knowing that these players are treated like chattel to begin with.

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    The NFL was doing the kid a favor. If he said yes, it would mean he might be a good member of a team. They are trying to give him a hint that the what he sees himself is not the same way others see him. They don’t have to sign him but they think enough of him as a raw talent that he may have what it takes to be hired in the NFL.

    So, fine, he wants to play hardball. That’s his right. Pretty sure that teams that forwarded the suggestion to him probably have knocked him down a bit on their charts because of his response.

    “Isn’t open to criticism.”
    “Does not take to suggestions.”
    “May not be a team player.”

  28. Teams departing words for McSorley: Nice meeting you McSorley, thanks for coming and good luck in whatever “OTHER” career path you choose!

  29. Show me one time he picked apart a defense to win a game! He only won games with his legs which has been done many times before at the college level and those players were busts in the nfl (Manziel, Tebow, RG3, Crouch, etc). Just because a college coach found a unique system that maximized your talents doesn’t mean you can stand in the pocket at the NFL level

  30. I’m wondering if Barkley’s experience playing with Eli Manning is what motivated him to say that. I don’t think McSorley is an NFL QB, but I also see the QB who lines up beside Barkley every Sunday, and he doesn’t exactly play like an NFL QB either. So maybe there was a little frustration being vented by Barkley.

  31. Different sport but I know a guy that had the opportunity for a MLB career as a relief pitcher. He viewed himself as a starting pitcher and declined every opportunity to be a relief pitcher. So his playing career ended early and he became a MLB scout.

  32. The only attention McSorley is getting at QB is from PSU nation. He’s not an NFL QB. He’s shown on tape that his arm strength is lacking, his accuracy is lacking (doesn’t hit windows), especially downfield. He also will have to learn how to operate under center. He’s quick to run, and misses progressions. His size is a problem.

    It’s a huge jump from college to the NFL. McSorley could cover these deficiencies in college. Not in the NFL. Everyone is faster, bigger, and will exploit his weaknesses.

  33. McSorley should be willing to play whatever position that will give him the best chance of making a NFL’s teams roster even if it is not at QB. Barkley is an inconsistent RB who hhas only been in the league for a year. He should shut his mouth until he really accomplishes something in the NFL besides Offensive ROY.

  34. It’s not disrespectful if they have no intention of drafting him as a QB. I’d call it an opportunity to play at the NFL level. Maybe he’d rather sling passes in the AAF, I dunno.

  35. I wanted to play QB in the NFL, too. But what stopped me was: I was too small, too slow, and never played QB in my life.
    Those disrespectful NFL teams still should have given me a shot, though.

  36. pftpoetneedstogetsome says:
    March 3, 2019 at 9:48 am
    If Kaepernick was asked to change to WR, you would call THAT disrespectful

    ———————
    Actually no. I think it would have been a good idea that likely would have extended his career. It would have focused on his strengths (good ball handling skills and very fast) while keeping him away from his weaknesses (reading defenses, inconsistent throwing accuracy). I honestly think his history would be very different had he gone that route and he would still be in the NFL today.

    I also think had Tebow taken Belichick up on being a FB/TE hybrid he too would still be in the NFL today.

  37. I wanted to be an NFL QB too, but they had me convert to being a computer programmer instead and that has been a long and lucrative career, I dont feel disrespected at all

  38. Hey, Barkley is just supporting his teammate – good on him. As for McSorley – well, your potential employer is asking to see what else you can do. If you get stuck on the “only a QB” thing – the NFL may not be in your future.

    I can’t fault a guy for having strong convictions like that, but he must also be willing to deal with the consequences. Maybe NFL football isn’t the focus of his life? No crime in that.

  39. The problem wasn’t the NFL’s request, but the timing of it all. McSorley was actually a safety in HS, but the NFL waiting until he got to Indy to ask him to go do safety drills. Of the 41 asked to perform at other positions, just six complied. MAybe the NFL should make those requests in January, giving the player ample time to prepare during training.

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