Saquon Barkley seems poised to be the player he was at Penn State and in his rookie year with the New York Giants. The #2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft went to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
The top regular team at the AFC in 2021, and the eighth-best weighted DVOA defense in the sport, has no answer for Barkely. He averaged 9.1 yards per take and still managed to make six passes. It was Barkley who scored the first point for The Giants across the board with a third-quarter encounter.
It’s also Barkley who will eventually put the Giants in the lead at the end of the fourth quarter. He was the forward all through that final game, and the shovel pass he caught converted two points, when new Big Blue coach Brian Daboll decided to win rather than draw, this will lead the Giants to 21-20 wins.
“When we scored, I was on the pitch and I saw him put the ‘two’ sign and we made eye contact,” Barkley said after the game. He looked at me like that and I looked back at him and said, ‘Fuck yeah.’
“We called it up and we were able to do the play and participate. [Daboll’s] a man of his words. He told us he was going to be aggressive. He told us he would rely on the players to play. In that situation, he did exactly that. When you have a coach like that, it definitely makes you go out there and fight for him and execute in those situations. “
Then last season’s AFC Best Team would take less than a minute to get into target range, even with star AJ Brown now playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Titans had a chance to end the game late in the afternoon with a win, but as today’s theme was, it was a 47-yard missed goal that led to Daboll’s first win as is the NFL head coach.