Maurice Jones-Drew believes Giants’ Saquon Barkley not one of the top five RBs in the NFL
Former NFL running back and current professional football analyst Maurice Jones-Drew knows a thing or two about playing atop the highest level. With his expertise specifically centered around playing the running back position, Jones-Drew recently dished out a pretty hot take en route to stating that New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is not one of the top five best rushers in the league today.
“Barkley is one of the most talented players in the NFL,” Jones-Drew wrote in a recent article on NFL.com. “There’s no questioning that. BUT his pass protection is horrible. Remember when Jamal Adams grabbed the ball out of Daniel Jones’ hands and took it to the house? Well, that was Barkley’s block. He missed it, and it cost the Giants big time. I need to see this part of his game improve.”
According to Jones-Drew, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey tops this group with Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb rounding out the top three. Jones-Drew also tabbed New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, with the aforementioned Barkley slated at No. 6. It is also worth noting that Barkley of the Giants sits just above last season’s rushing leader in Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry, who Jones-Drew believes is the seventh best at the position heading into the 2020-21 campaign.
Barkley is currently gearing up for his third NFL campaign with the Giants after originally coming off the board at No. 2 overall back in 2018.