Giants need Daniel Jones to step up, not Saquon Barkley
Heading into the upcoming NFL season it’s easy to believe that quarterback Daniel Jones is the key player for the New York Giants’ success this year. But it looks like someone disagrees.
Patrik Walker of CBS Sports wrote an article this week naming one player from each team that is on a rookie contract that is the key to their team’s success. He chose running back Saquon Barkley for the Giants.
Giants: Saquon Barkley, RB
Player experience: 3 years
How acquired: 2018 NFL Draft – Round 1, Pick 2
Easily one of the top-10 talents at his position, Barkley simply needs to stay healthy. His 2020 season was derailed by a torn ACL that couldn’t have come at a worse time for both himself and the Giants considering, as it turns out, they might’ve won the NFC East and made an appearance in the playoffs if he was around to help them win an extra game or two last season. Instead, their season ended in heartbreak despite a win over the Cowboys in Week 17, and although Barkley has otherworldly talent — the Giants are sending mixed messages about his future.
On one note, they want him around going forward, but also admit they ‘are not in a hurry’ to talk about a contract right now, with his health being a key talking point. They finally picked up his fifth-year option after mulling it over, so he’s secured through 2022, but if he has another dynamic season in 2021, it’ll both help the Giants contend for the crown and seemingly force them into contract negotiations one year from now — instead of two years from now. That could force a holdout situation, but apparently the Giants will cross that bridge when/if they come to it.
I have to disagree with Walker. There is no doubt in my mind that the Giants will go only as far as Jones takes them. I never once watched a game last season and thought to myself that if Barkley was playing they would have won the games that they lost.
The Giants’ offensive problems lately have been due to Jones not taking care of the football and the fact that he didn’t have a true number one receiver to throw to. New York took care of one of those concerns by signing Kenny Golladay in free agency. Now Jones needs to respond.
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