Jaguars’ Calais Campbell thinks Saquon Barkley ‘might one day be a Hall of Famer’
The New York Giants may have lost 20-15 to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Saquon Barkley did deliver a strong performance in his NFL debut. The No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft had 128 total yards from scrimmage, including a 68-yard touchdown run against a Jaguars defense which was the best in the league last season.
Jaguars star defensive end Calais Campbell had a first-hand look at the rookie running back in his first NFL outing and came away very impressed:
“I mean, I knew right away,” Campbell said, via NJ.com. “The first run and the first couple times I tackled him, I said; ‘this kid has something.’ … Obviously, you see it on tape. But we didn’t get to watch a lot of tape on him. It’s his college tape. Coming into the NFL against a team like ours, and making some of the plays he made, that kid’s going to be special.”
Campbell also traded jerseys with Barkley after the game and believes that the young Giant “might one day be a Hall of Famer” if he can stay healthy.
While talk of the Hall of Fame may be a tad premature, there aren’t too many people who will argue with Campbell that Barkley does have sort of potential. That’s why he was considered by some as the best player in his draft class.
Barkley clearly has a long way to go before he can make his way to Canton as Campbell thinks he can. But if he continues to produce games like he did against Campbell’s Jaguars on a consistent basis, he’ll give himself a good shot at attaining that goal.