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 total choose within the 2018 NFL Draft had his approach with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
The highest regular-season group within the AFC in 2021, and the protection with the eighth finest 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 ultimate drive, and the shovel move he caught for a two-point conversion, as Massive 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.
“Once we scored, I used to be on the sector and I noticed him put up the ‘two’ signal and we form of made eye contact,” Barkley mentioned 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 form of appeared again at him and mentioned, ‘Fuck yeah.’
“We referred to 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 advised us he’s going to be aggressive. He advised 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 positively going to make you go on the market and combat for him and execute in these conditions.”
Final yr’s finest AFC regular-season group would then take lower than a minute to get into field-goal vary, even with star wideout A.J. Brown now taking part in for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Titans had an opportunity to shut out the late afternoon window of video games with a victory, however as was the theme of the day, it was a missed 47-yard discipline objective that resulted in Daboll’s first victory as an NFL head coach.