Giants general manager Dave Gettleman pulled the trigger taking running back Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall in last month’s 2018 NFL Draft, at least in part to round out a potentially explosive offense that includes Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram.
You look at teams with a solid running game, and great running backs, it opens the door for a lot of things in the passing game, Engram said. Especially over the middle of the field, because that’s where a lot of tight ends get their production. It’s exciting. I’m excited to see him make the transition. I’m excited to get to work with him, and kind of give some veteran advice for him.
Barkley will put on a Giants uniform for the first time this weekend during the team’s rookie minicamp, after capping a three-year collegiate career at Penn State where he rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns while also catching 102 passes for 1,195 yards and eight scores while averaging 11.7 yards per reception.
Saquon’s a great player, Engram said. He’s an all-around back. He’s going to come in and help us immediately. We just have to get him in there, keep learning the offense, and start getting the chemistry going with everybody.
Poor underappreciated Tom Brady. Just months ago, his documentary-filmmaker buddy was chronicling his transfiguration into an immortal warrior prince. One little hiccup at the Super Bowl, and suddenly he sounds like he’s at the beginning of a long rant that ends with him screaming, Why, coach, why? while punching a cushion and sobbing.
Up in Green Bay, meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers is about to get a contract extension that will make the $100 million guaranteed Matt Ryan just got look like the contents of a coffee house tip jar. And the Packers had better pony up quickly—because not only is Rodgers the NFL’s best quarterback at the moment, he’s also yet another superstar quarterback who likes to vaguebook about his easily bruised feelings.
As reported by Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports in mid-April, Rodgers has been not-so-silently displeased this offseason with his team’s decision not to retain his quarterback coach and to release Jordy Nelson.