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New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley thinks quarterback Daniel Jones can bring championships back to New York. 

Not many favor quarterback Daniel Jones as the future of the New York Giants. They think Jones is essentially another Eli Manning, who many have criticized in recent years.

However, it’s Jones’ teammates who are coming to his side and defending what he can bring to the organization. Regardless of if you like Jones or not, the fact of the matter is is that he’s the future at the quarterback position. One of these teammates supporting Jones is his running back, Saquon Barkley.

The star running back and 2018 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year spoke to the media at his youth football camp in North Caldwell, NJ on Saturday.

“Daniel Jones went crazy yesterday in practice,” Barkley said via SNY. “He had himself a day. I believe in him. He’s in the perfect position…just to be behind Eli [Manning], a two-time Super Bowl MVP, a quarterback who does everything right, whose a captain and a leader — when [Jones’] opportunity comes he’s just gotta be ready for it.”

Barkley doesn’t just believe Jones will be a reliable quarterback when Manning finally calls it quits. Saquon thinks that Jones can do exactly what Manning has done for the Giants and win multiple Super Bowls.

“We love you guys and everything, love the media and Twitter and Instagram, but everybody’s gonna say something,” Barkley said. “Right now it’s, ‘Oh he’s an awful pick.’ But when he wins two Super Bowls everyone’s gonna be like, ‘Oh he was the greatest pick of all time.’ That’s just how life works.”

Jones most likely won’t play a ton in his rookie season. The Giants seem to want to sit him behind Manning for at least a year and have him learn the position. When Manning retires, whether that’s after this year or even next, Jones will get the nod to lead the Giants. That’s general manager Dave Gettleman’s plan, so fans will have to wait and see how it plays out.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.