New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley played a role in resolving the Baker Mayfield-Daniel Jones situation this past week.
One of the bigger stories coming out of both the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns camps was the one that included the two young quarterbacks.
Much has happened since. Jones responded on Tuesday, Mayfield came to his own defense, then Mayfield actually texted Jones to clear the air. Now, it’s come to people’s attention that Giants running back Saquon Barkley actually acted as a mediator in the whole situation.
“Baker reached out to me,” Barkley said Thursday night after the Giants defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 25-23 in their third preseason game, per Paul Schwartz of the New York Post.
“Through a mutual friend he got Daniel’s number and sent Daniel a text and basically, just in case he didn’t have the right number, or he switched his number, he had said, ‘Can you make sure Daniel gets this?’ That was really it.”
Barkley and Mayfield have proven to be good friends. Earlier this summer, Mayfield gifted Barkley a new chain for winning the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. The piece of jewelry said “Saquads” on it, pointing the finger towards Barkley’s massive tree-trunks for legs.
Jones has impressed thus far in the preseason. He’s 25-30 (83.3%) for 369 yards and two touchdowns through the three games he’s appeared in. Jones has lost two fumbles but hasn’t thrown a pick yet.