Giants HC Pat Shurmur highlighted RB Saquon Barkley's work in pass protection at rookie camp. “The other thing that you see when you work with him is his awareness, his spatial awareness, his ability to pick out who he has in pass protection,” Shurmur said. “We purposely tried to have some blitz drills early to try to challenge the running backs, and I felt like he did a good job with that. When you talk about the difference between college ball and pro ball, you throw the ball quite a bit and you really depend on blitzers getting picked up.” Barkley was mediocre in pass protection at Penn State, allowing 8 hurries in 83 opportunities last year, according to Pro Football Focus. He'd need to be abysmal to get taken off the field in passing situations in New York, though. We're fully expecting Barkley to serve as a 3-down workhorse for the Giants this season.
The Giants selected Penn State RB Saquon Barkley with the 2nd pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Barkley checks all the boxes. He was a dual-threat over the past 3 seasons, totaling 3,843 rushing yards and 43 TDs on 5.7 yards per carry, plus another 1,195 yards and 8 scores on 102 receptions. The tape shows a home run hitter with plus, plus pass-catching ability. Barkley looks like some sort of cyborg mix between Barry Sanders and David Johnson. He went to the Combine and measured 6’0, 233 pounds and recorded a 98th percentile SPARQ score. The cherry on top is that he just turned 21 in February. Barkley is the 5th RB to be selected inside the top 10 picks over the past 4 years. The 4 previous — Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott, Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey — all finished their rookie seasons as top 10 PPR RBs. Even behind a shaky offensive line in New York, Barkley will have a good shot to make it 5-for-5. He’ll have volume on his side in a backfield that includes only Jonathan Stewart, Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins.
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