Saquon Barkley claims 2020 is a fresh start for Giants
The New York Giants remain to be one of the league’s most storied franchises. The club even landed on Forbes’ list of the most valuable sports teams in 2020, sitting at the 9th overall spot being valued at a hefty $3.9 billion. However, wins are now hard to come by for the young and rebuilding Giants squad on the gridiron.
Incoming third-year running back Saquon Barkley chimed in on the team’s outlook heading to the upcoming season.
“I would definitely say it’s a fresh, new start,” Saquon Barkley said via the team transcript. “From what I have seen in these first couple of days is we are steps ahead, in my opinion. We are coming in, we’re locked in.”
The former Penn State Nittany Lion had a spectacular rookie season which saw him earn a PFWA All-Rookie selection, a Pro Bowl appearance, and the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2018. Barkley was chosen by his teammates as one of the seven team captains for the 2019 season, an honor rarely bestowed on players after only a year on the team.
Last year’s campaign was very much a disappointment for Barkley. In Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain and was expected to miss four to eight weeks. He made his return in Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals but his absence led to a dip in his numbers and a lack in his overall contribution to the team’s offense.
Incoming sophomore quarterback Daniel Jones also proves to be a bright spot for the Giants moving forward. The former Duke Blue Devil took over the starting role in Week 3 of last season. He became the first Giants’ rookie quarterback to win his first career start since Scott Brunner in 1980.
All of the Giants’ potent weapons will be under a system headed by new head coach Joe Judge. There is also a new offensive and defensive coordinator at the helm in Jason Garrett and Patrick Graham, respectively.
Saquon Barkley and the rest of the team are all challenged to bounce back from a disappointing 4-12 record last season. The new coaching staff will try to maximize the team’s youth and energy to rebuild the dynasty that it once was back then.