Giants RB Saquon Barkley not fazed with being the ‘face of the franchise’
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is the clear cut face of the franchise this season, and it’s something that he is taking in stride. Last season the team had Odell Beckham Jr. who had all the makings of the face of the franchise but the team moved on from him this offseason.
Quarterback Eli Manning who was the face of the franchise for many years is entering his last couple of years, and he has passed the torch to the second year running back.
“I don’t really read too much into it — face of the franchise,” Barkley said via ESPN. “I guess that you can say that I’m probably the guy that they talk about the most. … My mindset is do whatever it takes and try to be a team leader, be a team player, and help my team win games.”
Even though the Giants lost their first game against the Dallas Cowboys, Barkley was running wild again racking up 120 yards on 11 carries. He also caught four passes for 19 yards. Barkley knows there is a lot of buzz around his play, but he just wants to do whatever it takes to help the team get better and win games.
“My mindset is do whatever it takes and try to be a team leader, be a team player, and help my team win games.”
Manning is still the starter for the Giants now, but Daniel Jones is the future of this team and the hope is that he and Barkley can be two superstars for a very long time in the Big Apple.