Saquon Barkley seems to be able to be the participant that he was at Penn State and through his rookie yr with the New York Giants. The No. 2 general choose within the 2018 NFL Draft had his means with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
The highest regular-season workforce within the AFC in 2021, and the protection with the eighth greatest weighted DVOA within the sport, had no reply for Barkely. He averaged 9.1 yards per carry and nonetheless managed to haul in six passes. It was Barkley who put the Giants’ first factors on the board with a third-quarter landing.
It was additionally Barkley who would lastly give the Giants the lead late within the fourth quarter. He was the go-to participant all through that last drive, and the shovel go he caught for a two-point conversion, as Large Blue’s new coach Brian Daboll determined to go for the win as an alternative of tie, which might lead the Giants the 21-20 win.
“After we scored, I used to be on the sector and I noticed him put up the ‘two’ signal and we type of made eye contact,” Barkley stated after the sport. “He gave me that look, and I knew what the play was going to be. He gave me that look and I type of appeared again at him and stated, ‘Fuck yeah.’
“We known as it up and we had been in a position to execute the play and get in. [Daboll’s] a person of his phrase. He informed us he’s going to be aggressive. He informed us he’s going to lean on the gamers to make performs. In that state of affairs, he did precisely that. When you’ve a coach like that, it’s undoubtedly going to make you go on the market and combat for him and execute in these conditions.”
Last year’s best AFC regular-season team would then take less than a minute to get into field-goal range, even with star wideout A.J. Brown now playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Titans had a chance to close out the late afternoon window of games with a victory, but as was the theme of the day, it was a missed 47-yard field goal that resulted in Daboll’s first victory as an NFL head coach.