Giants RB Saquon Barkley looks to Barry Sanders for inspiration to bounce back after awful game
Saquon Barkley is one of the best running backs in the NFL, but you would never know it from the way he played in his last game.
However, Barkley has also been trying to draw some inspiration from that miserable outing to play better going forward, and it seems that he has found it in legendary Detroit Lions halfback Barry Sanders.
“It was one of those games where you watch the film and you just put it away,” Barkley said, according to Michael Eisen of the Giants’ team website. “I did research and I was like, ‘I have to be the first back ever to have a game like that.’ Then, I did research, and I’m not trying to put myself on that level and compare myself to that person, but Barry Sanders had a game where he had 16 carries and zero yards against the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs (actually, it was 13 attempts for minus-one yard in a 1994 NFC Wild Card Game). I don’t think that stopped him from having a great career. If anything, I would think it pushed him and motivated him to be better.”
It has been a rather rough 2019 overall for Barkley, as an ankle injury sidelined him for three games between Weeks 4 and 6, and since opening the season with back-to-back 100-yard performances, the 22-year-old has yet to eclipse the century mark.
On the season overall, Barkley has rushed for 402 yards and a couple of touchdowns while averaging a pedestrian four yards per carry.
But, the second-year pro seems ready to bounce back from a horrendous Week 10 showing against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Perhaps the Giants, who have lost six games in a row and are just 2-8, will follow suit as a team.