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New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley’s NFL career is literally off and running after a 39-yard run against the Cleveland Browns.
It didn’t take too long for Saquon Barkley to endear himself to the New York Giants faithful.
Barkley, making his unofficial debut, began the Giants’ 2018 preseason opener as the starting running back, and immediately brought MetLife Stadium to its feet when he came out for the opening snap against the Cleveland Browns.
The volume was turned up even louder after Barkley’s first play, a 39-yard gain that immediately set the Giants up in Cleveland territory.
Though protection broke down quickly, Barkley broke three tackles before emerging in the open field, finally forced out of bounds by Browns cornerback Damarious Randall.
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The drive would end with a 42-yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas to give the Giants an early 3-0 lead.
The second overall selection of last spring’s draft, Barkley played the first two drives of the game, ending with 43 yards on five carries. The Giants trailed the Browns 13-3 at the half, with six of those Cleveland points coming from the first overall pack, Baker Mayfield, throwing a touchdown pass to David Njoku.