Saquon Barkley buries his focus in particulars after NFC Offensive Player of the Week award
Saquon Barkley wasn’t supposed to talk to the media till Thursday. But the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week understood he was in excessive demand on Wednesday and obliged.
“Any individual award is a team award,” Barkley stated of being honored for his 194 yards in final weekend’s 21-20 Giants win at Tennessee. “The most important thing was getting the win. Now we’ve got to shift to Carolina.”
Barkley leads the NFL in dashing yards (164) and yards from scrimmage (194) approaching Sunday’s house opener towards the Panthers (0-1) at MetLife Stadium.
He averaged 9.1 yards per carry, caught a team-high six passes for 30 yards, and added a 4-yard TD run and a game-winning two-point conversion.
His 68-run within the early third quarter, with the Giants trailing 13-0, set the desk for his landing and adjusted the sport. He then made a few defenders miss with 1:06 remaining to transform a Daniel Jones shovel move for 2 factors to offer the Giants their late one-point lead.
His 164 dashing yards marked the third-highest complete of his profession in a single recreation. Barkley ran for a career-high 189 yards on Dec. 22, 2019, and 170 yards on Dec. 9, 2018, each on the street at Washington’s FedEx Field.
The Giants’ fifth-year operating again stated he wasn’t dwelling on his stats, although. Instead, he has buried his focus in bettering the main points, like his fourth-quarter fumble that Titans nook Kristian Fulton happily punched out of bounds.
“Just come into work. That’s the only thing I can do,” Barkley stated. “I already watched the movie. I’m writing my notes: Ball safety. I bought fortunate in that state of affairs. That might have gone the improper method, might have harm us. Gotta be higher with ball safety.
“Gotta be better with pass pro,” “Barkley added. “Still missed my opportunities out there. Left a lot of yards. So that’s my focus: See what I can do better, and when the game comes, execute the plays. Every game might not be a 194-yard performance, but whatever I can do to help the team win, that’s what I want to be able to do.”
GIANTS DOWN A CORNER
Starting outdoors nook Aaron Robinson had his appendix eliminated Wednesday and is out for Sunday’s recreation towards the Panthers. No one performed a nook snap in Week 1 aside from Adoree Jackson, Robinson and slot Darnay Holmes.
The Giants’ secondary depth is so unsettled that head coach Brian Daboll cited 5 totally different gamers who will “compete” as attainable replacements for Robinson: so as, rookie Cor’Dale Flott, Fabian Moreau, Nick McCloud, rookie Zyon Gilbert and Justin Layne.
But McCloud (hamstring) and large receiver Wan’Dale Robinson (proper knee) didn’t follow Wednesday, both. And Flott stated his first step towards incomes enjoying time on protection is to “earn a spot on special teams,” the place he performed simply two snaps in Tennessee.
Daboll stated Wan’Dale Robinson, the rookie receiver, has proven “significant” enchancment prior to now few days. But the coach had no different replace. “We’ll see how it goes,” he stated.
Center Jon Feliciano (decrease leg), edges Kayvon Thibodeaux (sprained proper MCL) and Azeez Ojulari (proper calf), and security Jason Pinnock (shoulder) had been restricted. Safety Dane Belton (clavicle) was a full participant, and Daboll expects him to make his NFL debut Sunday.
TONEY: NO DISAPPOINTMENT IN WIN
Kadarius Toney scoffed on the suggestion that he could be upset in enjoying solely seven snaps in Week 1.
“Disappointed in a victory? Disappointed in winning? You sound crazy,” Toney stated Wednesday.
Toney stated: “I get paid to play, not coach. So I don’t know what’s ahead for me Sunday. I just gotta go out there and be the best player I can be.”
When requested if he wants to remain wholesome and follow extra to earn enjoying time, Toney stated: “If that’s what’s required of me, it’s what I gotta do. Everybody knows I had the injury a couple weeks ago [was] why I wasn’t on the field. So I guess it was just with that. So I dunno. I don’t know what to say.”
Toney stated so long as the staff wins, “if I played two plays or one play and we won, bro, I don’t really care.”
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