Le'Veon Bell, Saquon Barkley
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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley realizes just how rough it was for the NFL that Jets stud Le’Veon Bell sat out the entire 2018 season.

Robby Sabo

Saquon Barkley isn’t just a football player. If he was a straight stud on the field only, fine; that would work. But the kid who leads the New York Giants brings the entire package.

Leadership on and off the field and a shine that motivates everybody around him drives his characteristics. Additionally, he understands football.

Barkley knows just how rough it was for the NFL that newly-minted Jets stud Le’Veon Bell missed the entire 2018 season.

“Obviously, he sat out last year and that’s just not good for the league in general because he is such a tremendous player and you look forward to seeing a guy like that on Sundays,” via Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com.

“For him to play in the stadium … I’m just excited and happy for him. Happy that he has found a spot and is able to show his talent. I wish nothing but the best for him.”

After he was asked about Bell, Barkley glowed.

“It’s funny you say ‘watch:’ I was a fan,” Barkley said. “When I got here, he was one of the first guys I broke down his film.

“We definitely both respect each other’s games,” Barkley said.

Bell, 27, is already stuck in controversy early in his Jets career—none of it his fault. The Mike Maccagnan-Adam Gase noise has left Bell standing all alone (for now) while he waits for the storm to pass.

Barkley, 22, is already one of the best backs in the land. His rookie season consisting of 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground to go along with 721 yards and four scores through the air already has him among the league’s top backs.

If anything, 2019 will bring the city two of the best talents at the running back position in the league.

Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]jetsxfactor.com