Saquon Barkley was the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft. He was drafted by the New York Giants and later signed a three-year contract worth $31.2 million fully guaranteed, which included a $20.76 million signing bonus.
His debut season ended with major honors as he was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He also made the Pro Bowl team at the end of his rookie year.
The Giants posted a 4-12 record last season as they failed to make the playoffs for the third consecutive year. They decided to part ways with Head Coach Pat Shurmur at the end of the season.
The Big Blue Wrecking Crew have high hopes for the man standing in Shurmur’s stead, Joe Judge, as they enter their first season since 2004 without Eli Manning on their roster.
While speaking to the NY Giants media team, Barkley exuded confidence with respect to his personal goals and the team’s collective goals heading into the 2020 season.
“I would definitely say it’s a fresh, new start. Also, I heard you guys talking with [Sterling Shepard] earlier about history. I do think we are doing a great job of, especially when we are in zoom meetings, understanding the history, understanding the guys before us.
“There is a tradition here. Like you said, Shep is the longest-tenured Giant and he has only been in the league for five to six years, I guess. It’s a fresh new start, we are learning every single day, on the offensive side and on the defensive side.
“Learning a new scheme and system and trying to focus on the little things to get better every single day,” Barkley told the team’s official website via NFL Network.
Barkley further went on to talk about how the coaching staff has done a commendable job during the offseason.
“What tells me this could be different? One, it’s a brand-new year. It’s a fresh start. From what I have seen in these first couple of days is we are steps ahead, in my opinion. We are coming in, we’re locked in.
“Are mistakes being made, yes, that’s part of the nature of learning a system and learning a new offense. We have what I believe is a really great coaching staff starting with coach Judge to [offensive coordinator Jason] Garrett and so on down the line.
“They are doing a tremendous job of having us focusing on the little things and focused on situational football, which I think is a part of our game we can improve on from this year to last year,” Barkley concluded.