Saquon: I "Love" That People Say Giants Shouldn't Have Drafted Me

Do you think the Giants made a mistake drafting Saquon Barkley? Well, his 2,000-yard season suggests they may have gotten it right

Tiki and Tierney
January 30, 2019 - 5:03 pm

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The New York Giants drafted Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall last April, and many NFL analysts said it was a mistake.

A running back No. 2? Draft a quarterback! The Giants need Eli’s replacement!

Barkley’s response?

“I love it,” the Giants running back said on Tiki & Tierney. “I love that people say the Giants shouldn’t have drafted me. I don’t really pay too much attention to it. Just keep saying it. Anyone can believe what they want to believe, but me, I’m going to find a way to help my team win and hopefully one day get a championship.”

Barkley had an otherworldly rookie season, compiling 2,000+ total yards and 15 touchdowns (11 rushing, four receiving). The Giants, however, finished 5-11, as Eli Manning struggled in his age-37 season.

Barkley, however, doesn’t put the Giants’ struggles on Manning.

“People believe that the quarterback position is everything – and it is. It’s an important position,” Barkley said. “But if you just only have a good quarterback? For example – and not bashing any teams – Aaron Rodgers is probably the best quarterback. They didn’t go to the Super Bowl this year.”

The Packers, in fact, didn’t even make the playoffs.

“Exactly,” Barkley said, “so it’s all about the pieces you add to your team. That’s what we got to (do): add and continue to build and just figure out how to win games.”

The Giants started 1-7 this season. Eight of their 11 losses came by one possession. Five came by three points or fewer.

“We’re not lacking in talent,” Barkley said. “We’re not lacking in coaching. We’re not lacking in any of that, in my opinion. We have that all. The only thing we were lacking is we just for some strange reason could not find a way to finish games. That’s the moral of the story, and that’s the NFL. A majority of NFL games come down to close games, and you have to find a way, which is why the Patriots are so good and the Rams were so good – and we were not this year.”

Barkley hopes for more – both from himself and the Giants – in his sophomore season.

“Do I think I have a lot of room to improve? Yes,” he said. “The challenge for me going into next year is how can I elevate my game – and not only elevate myself, but elevate others around me so we can win some more games? That’s going to be the challenge that I’m willing to take.”