Giants’ Saquon Barkley says Eagles fans are craziest he’s encountered thus far
Second-year star running back Saquon Barkley is back for another season of dominating on offense and rushing for an unfathomable number of yards for the New York Giants.
Still, the 22-year-old stud in the backfield from Penn State has to deal with the NFC East division rivals Philadelphia Eagles—and their rowdy fans—twice a year.
Per the New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard on Twitter, Barkley named fans of the Birds as the “craziest” he has encountered through his first season in the NFL. The Giants selected Barkley with the second overall pick in the 2018 draft, en route to an impressive season where he went home with the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award and his first (of most likely many) Pro Bowl selection.
Leonard adds that Barkley’s father was instructed by Eagles fans to remove his son’s jersey but denied the request.
Barkley rushed for 1,307 yards during the 2018 season, scoring 11 rushing touchdowns, and averaging 5.0 yards per carry. Not to be outdone by his now-former teammate in wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the 5-foot-11 RB also caught 91 receptions for the Giants, scoring four touchdowns, too.
Barkley represents a premier dual threat out of the backfield for the G-Men, who will certainly lean into the talented running back during the 2019 season. Barkley will be lined up with veteran quarterback Eli Manning, who has been criticized in recent years due to his waning performance on the gridiron. Luckily, for Giants fans, Daniel Jones, New York’s first-round pick last April, appears poised to take over the reins of the offense in the near future, turning heads during his preseason outings. Jones and Barkley are the future of the Giants’ offense.