New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley doesn’t believe people should panic after team’s Week 1 loss in Dallas.
It’s been one week since the beginning of the 2019 NFL regular season, and New York Giants fans are already worried. Will this be another season gone down the drain? Will the defense get any better? When will we see Daniel Jones start a football game? All these questions are making some fans lose their minds, to say the least.
However, Big Blue’s sensational running back believes everyone just needs to take a deep breath. Speaking with the media on Thursday, second-year man Saquon Barkley has just two words for everyone.
“Don’t panic,” Barkley said, per Steve Serby of the New York Post.
The 2018 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year wants to make it known that the Giants certainly aren’t.
“I don’t feel like that in the locker room, I feel it’s more like everyone outside of our locker room that’s panicking,” he said. “When you break it down, there’s what, 32 teams in the NFL? Half of those teams lost last week — besides two of them, they tied — but half of those teams lost. Just because you won big don’t mean you’re gonna go 16-0, just because you lost bad don’t mean you’re gonna go 0-16.
“Don’t panic. Just find a way to get better every single week, get one percent better every single day and when the games come, just try to execute at a high level.”
While the Giants defense was nothing short of abysmal in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys (allowed 494 total yards), the offense definitely came to play. Despite only putting up 17 points, they gained 470 yards of offense. Quarterback Eli Manning had 306 yards and a touchdown on the day.
Barkley additionally racked up 120 yards rushing on 11 carries. He should’ve received more touches, but all-in-all, he had a decent day on the ground. The offensive line definitely looks better than it did last season.
This coming Sunday will give us an indication if the Giants have improved at all from their Week 1 blunder. Big Blue takes on the Bills at MetLife Stadium at 1:00 p.m. ET.