Penn State football legend Saquon Barkley has continued to shred NFL defenses. He’s on the way to 2,000 scrimmage yards in his rookie year.
There’s nothing that New York Giants’ running back Saquon Barkley can’t do. Few times do players with his level of hype and team situation stand out immediately and make an impact. He’s done that in a breathtaking way since he arrived via Penn State football. From hurdling defenders, cutting back long touchdown runs, making plays in the passing game or pass-blocking for Eli Manning, he’s done it all. And he’s accomplished everything with a team that’s going through a transition with an aging quarterback and a porous offensive line.
Despite all the external problems around him, Barkley has rushed for 954 yards and eight touchdowns on 4.9 yards per carry, while catching 74 passes for 602 yards and four more touchdowns through the air. He’s currently the team’s second-ranked receiver behind only Odell Beckham Jr.
The projections for a 16-game season say he’s supposed to compile more than 2,000 scrimmage yards, 16 total touchdowns and nearly 100 receptions in the passing game. I wrote just a few weeks ago that would be a huge year, but the fact that’s it’s becoming a reality with each week, is unbelievable. Obviously, the running back position has the highest successful transition from the college game to the NFL than any other position, but this season stands out as even more impressive.
For any running back, those are huge numbers and the fact they’re happening at such an efficient clip is noteworthy. He’s not just getting carries in garbage time. Barkley has produced throughout games and is even ranked the No. 6 running back according to Pro Football Focus. He’s graded an 83.4 out of 100. He’s far ahead of multiple big name running backs including Ezekiel Elliott, James Conner, Lamar Miller, etcetera.
With just a few games remaining, it’s possible Barkley will reach those aforementioned projections.