Saquon Barkley: “I have to do better”

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The Giants aren’t ashamed to buck the trend and build around their running game. It would help if it actually worked.

Saquon Barkley was remarkably ineffective in last night’s loss to the Steelers, with just 6 yards on 15 carries.

According to Tom Rock of Newsday, that makes him just the sixth player since the 1970 merger to rush for single-digit yards on 15 or more carries.

“I have to do better,” Barkley said. “I have to do better for the team. We have to find a way to get the running game going.”

It’s hard to pin it all on Barkley, as he was hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on 11 of those carries — part of a general offensive line problem for the Giants. And the fantasy points didn’t bother him as much as being 0-1.

The Steelers made no secret of the fact they were trying to limit Barkley, and coach Mike Tomlin praised his team for meeting the physical challenge.

“We had a commitment and we weren’t going to be bashful about that commitment,” Tomlin said. “We thought that guy was a catalyst for whatever that they were going to do offensively. We put our secondary in harm’s way some in an effort to do so. It’s a team game. They embraced that challenge. We needed to stack the line of scrimmage. . . . We did what we thought was necessary to minimize his impact on the game.”

Barkley did make some plays in the passing game (six catches for 60 yards, including a 38-yarder), but the pressure on him will not lessen as the year goes on — from other teams or his own.

“Look, we’re going to stay aggressive with the run game,” Giants coach Joe Judge said. “Saquon is a key part of our team, he’s going to be a difference-maker in how successful this team is going to be, so we’re going to stay with him. We have a lot of confidence in him. I have a tremendous amount of confidence in our offensive line . . . We’re going to keep leaning on these guys.”

They’re all going to have to be better, and Barkley has shown indication he can.

23 responses to “Saquon Barkley: “I have to do better”

  1. Barkley is better in space, and better as a receiving back. He’s only average in the middle, and the Steelers D is elite. The Giants game plan has been predictable after spending their #2 draft pick on a RB. Is hiring Garrett as OC going to change things?

    It’s surprising how this one turned out. At least they’re better than the Jets…

  2. jonbeck316 says:
    September 15, 2020 at 8:34 am
    I’m 40 years old, white. fat, and not athletic. I COULD GET MORE THAN 6 YARDS ON 15 CARRIES.

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    I must confess that I downvoted my own comment 🤪

  3. I love how you threw in “white” as though that’s an athletic death knell in and of itself. I don’t think the pigmentation of your skin contributes to your rushing ability or lack thereof, bro. I’m just saying

  4. Give me a running back who can fall forward for 3 yards even on a bad play and help move the chains. I’d take a rb who runs for 80 yards but multiple first downs instead of one who has 100 yards but 70 of them are on one play. Saquon is that type of player. Can make a highlight play but majority of others are negative plays and he isn’t a chain mover. Rush of -1, rush of 1, rush of 0, rush of 1, rush of 70 won’t keep offense on the field.

  5. He had one great play as a receiver on the outside, so naturally they kept lining him up in the backfield and running him behind the worst side of their O-line.

  6. Barkley did the best he could given the Giants lack of a dominant O line and the Steelers’ strength against the run. Until the Giants address the offensive line through the draft or trade, they won’t be able to pound Barkley through the middle.

  7. Proof that you build the trenches first and then you grab skill players …

    Unless there a QB you cannot pass up – grab the big boys on both sides of the ball first

  8. Actually, the coaching staff needs to do a better job. By virtue of being on the field, he takes a defender away and should only be on the sideline when he’s gassed.

    The scheme and coaching decisions continue to be suspect.

    I guess making coaches run sprints during training camp doesn’t translate to wins! Who knew?!

  9. That kid Saquans got talent, but he needed to tune into that Titans game and watch that MAN Derrick Henry and take some notes on what you gotta do to really be that leader from the running back position.

  10. Adrian Peterson had 100 yard rushing games behind a line that was 3/4 guys they got off the street … just sayin

  11. 3yardsndust says:
    September 15, 2020 at 9:41 am
    Barkley did the best he could given the Giants lack of a dominant O line and the Steelers’ strength against the run. Until the Giants address the offensive line through the draft or trade, they won’t be able to pound Barkley through the middle.
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    That’s the difference between an average RB and a great one, the great ones don’t need a dominate O-line while the average ones do!

    Sanders never had a great O-line and he averaged 99.79yd/gm over his entire career while Barkley sits at 77.2yd/gm, no where close!

  12. I’m anything but a Giants fan, but no running back on God’s green earth is going to rack up any respectable yardage when he’s already being contacted in the backfield on every play. Or even at the line of scrimmage for that matter.

  13. Anyone blaming Barkley for his performance last night didn’t watch the game. Telling him to watch Derrick Henry or saying Barry Sanders didn’t need a line is also extremely shortsighted. Barkley was hit by multiple defenders the instant he touched the ball. NO ONE in Barkley’s shoes last night could have ran with any success.

  14. chastain00 says:
    September 15, 2020 at 10:45 am
    Adrian Peterson had 100 yard rushing games behind a line that was 3/4 guys they got off the street … just sayin
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    That’s a great observation. But two things are different.

    #1, that staff was forced to commit to the run because they had no QB while NY is enamored of their new one and wants for him to thrwo the ball

    and #2 AP really demonstrated his HOF fiber by coaching that off the street line during the game. He’d pull guys aside, wave them this way or that, etc. It was one of the most impressive things that I’ve ever seen. But AP is rare and has been around awhile. Barkely’s a pup and needs the coaches to do a better job by him.

  15. Wasn’t much he could do. Steelers were determined to make Jones beat them and he couldn’t. Made a few costly mistakes. Made me think of a lot of Dallas games actually.

  16. Steelers sold out to stop him. There’s not much you can do when you’re getting hit as soon as you touch the ball.

  17. Clitoral Hood says:
    September 15, 2020 at 8:46 am
    Who would have thunk it…..Washington is the class of the NFC East !

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    HTTFT?!?!?!

  18. RandyTheGoatboy says:
    September 15, 2020 at 12:14 pm
    Wasn’t much he could do. Steelers were determined to make Jones beat them and he couldn’t. Made a few costly mistakes. Made me think of a lot of Dallas games actually.
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    Like the one this past sunday? Down 3 in the 4th, in FG range, 4th and 3 and you go for it. I know, let’s run a route at 2 yards and hope for the best. Great coaching!

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