New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is focused on improving the smaller aspects of his game in year two.
Saquon Barkley‘s rookie season as the New York Giants running back was nothing short of sensational. He led the league with 2,028 yards from scrimmage, just beating out Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who had 2,001. Barkley’s efforts led him to win the Pepsi Rookie of the Year and the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
However, that doesn’t mean Barkley doesn’t feel the need to improve. In a film session with ESPN, Saquon showed what he could’ve done better on certain plays in order to extend them into longer gains.
“It’s a great run. I made two people miss, jumped over two people. Pretty dope,” Barkley noted on a Week 6 run last year against the Eagles, per Jordan Raanan. “But if I got vertical [after the first jump-cut], instead of a nine-yard run, it could be a 15- to 20-yard run.”
Barkley added that “There’s something you can always nitpick.”
Nitpicking is the correct word for the perfectionist Barkley. Despite the great success last year, the young Penn State product only wants to look forward to even lengthier goals.
Barkley got off to a great start this season in Week 1, rushing for 120 yards in a loss to the Cowboys. However, he only carried the ball 11 times, which seems pretty low for a running back of that caliber.
This Giants offense needs to operate through their star running back. Expect Barkley to get a great number of carries against the Buffalo Bills this coming Sunday.