Eric Dickerson says ‘not a chance’ Giants RB Saquon Barkley breaks his rookie record
The New York Giants decided against bringing in Eli Manning’s successor during the 2018 NFL Draft with the team instead electing to take running back Saquon Barkley out of Penn State With the No. 2 pick.
With Barkley expected to immediately play a sizable role in New York right out of the gate next season, the rookie back could have a breakout first year like Ezekiel Elliott did with the Dallas Cowboys two years ago. Barkley has a high ceiling and breaking Eric Dickerson’s rookie rushing record might be a possibility, but the Los Angeles Rams legend doesn’t think that’s possible due to the Giants’ offensive line.
“No,” Dickerson told TMZ Sports. “Not a chance. They’ve got no offensive line. Nothing against their line, but you’ve got to have a line. I gotta say when I came in the league with the Los Angeles Rams that line had been together for about six years. Jackie Slater told me and I didn’t even know it. He said the only thing we were missing was a back put in that position.”
“You never know how a season is going to work out. He could have a great season. I hope he does. I’m always pulling for the running back because they try to say the running back position is down. Most definitely, I want him to have a great season. Don’t I want him to break my record? Absolutely not. He can get close, but he ain’t going to break that record.”
Back in 1983, Dickerson burst on the scene in Los Angeles by establishing himself as one of the league’s best backs rushing for 1,808 yards, 18 touchdowns on 390 carries. He also had two receiving touchdowns that season taking his grand total up to 20 on the year.
Obviously, this is a lofty goal for Barkley and may not be possible with the offensive line in front of him, but it remains to be seen what kind of impact he’ll have in New York in a season in which the Giants desperately want to get back on track after only winning three games in 2017.