New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley was showing off his touch in practice and displayed pinpoint accuracy.

“And he can pass!”

Like a scene out of “Friday Night Lights,” New York Giants stud Saquon Barkley can do it all. On Tuesday, he was seen dropping a pass directly into a target from a pretty respectable distance.

Don’t get me wrong: He’s not going to displace Eli Manning or Daniel Jones on the depth chart anytime soon. But it’s enticing to imagine the Giants running some kind of halfback option play.

He was on the receiving end of a 57-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. last season. Perhaps the Giants will have him return the favor to a receiver this season. He definitely has the touch.

Whether he actually has a chance to make a pass this season or not, Barkley will be the centerpiece of head coach Pat Shurmur‘s offense. The second-year man out of Penn State is as talented as it gets.

As a rookie, Barkley led the NFL with 2,028 yards from scrimmage and took home the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Giants are expecting a whole lot more of that in 2019.

With the departure of Beckham, injuries, and a pending suspension for Golden Tate, the Giants are going to need Barkley at his best. Eli Manning isn’t quite what he used to be and Daniel Jones is still at least a year away from taking over as the starter.

Plain and simple: Barkley needs to be a superstar for the offense to reach its peak.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.