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Giants Now (6/30): Saquon Barkley makes Big Ten Network's All-Decade Team


Saquon voted to Big Ten Network's All-Decade Team

This week, the Big Ten Network began unveiling the Big Ten Football All-Decade Team from 2010-2019. Following his phenomenal career as a Nittany Lion, it should come as no surprise that Saquon Barkley was the first name revealed on the list.

In only three seasons, Barkley ran the ball 671 times for 3,843 yards (5.7 yards per carry) and 43 touchdowns while adding 102 receptions for 1,195 yards and an additional eight touchdowns.

The talented running back got better as his collegiate career went on. As a true freshman, Barkley was named Second-Team All-Big Ten after rushing for 1,076 yards and seven touchdowns. His numbers took a significant jump in his sophomore campaign as he finished the season with nearly 1,900 total yards from scrimmage with 18 rushing touchdowns and four receiving scores. His accolades that year include First-Team All-Big Ten, the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year award (given to the Big Ten's top running back) and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Award.

Barkley saved his best for his final season as a Nittany Lion. In 13 games as a junior, the Bronx native took 217 carries for 1,271 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns, adding 54 receptions for 632 yards and three more touchdowns. He also returned 15 kickoffs for 426 yards (28.4 yards per return) and two touchdowns.

Barkley was once again named First-Team All-Big Ten in addition to his first selection as a Consensus All-American. He was given the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year award and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year. He was also named the winner of the Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year award, given to the conference's top return specialist, and the Paul Hornung Award.

Barkley currently holds the Penn State record for most rushing touchdowns and is second in the school's history in rushing yards.

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PFF ranks Golden Tate as one of NFL's highest-graded WRs in slot

Golden Tate had a productive first season with the Giants in 2019. Playing in 11 games with 10 starts, the veteran wide receiver caught 49 passes for 676 yards and six touchdowns. Tate finished with either 80 or more receiving yards or a touchdown in eight of those 11 contests.

The former second-round pick showed his ability to line up both outside and in the slot last year. However, his success was amplified when running routes from the inside.

Tate lined up as the slot receiver for the Giants 483 times in 2019 and saw a ton of success. According to Pro Football Focus, Tate was one of the highest-graded wide receivers in the NFL when lined up in the slot, as his 94.5 grade was the third-highest, trailing only Tampa Bay's Chris Godwin and Seattle's Tyler Lockett.

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Analytics show Eli Manning thrived under pressure in 2011

The 2011 season was a special one for Eli Manning and the New York Giants.

Manning completed 61.0 percent of his passes that season, throwing for 29 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a career-best 4,933 yards on his way to earning his second Pro Bowl selection.

Of course, the veteran quarterback was unable to participate in Pro Bowl festivities due to the Giants' postseason journey to a Super Bowl XLVI title, a run that featured an outstanding stretch of games from Manning. Across those four playoff games, he completed 65.0 percent of his passes for 1,219 yards, nine touchdowns and just one interception.

While the statistics are great, Manning's success went beyond those numbers. Manning endured the third-highest pressure rate in the NFL in 2011, yet finished with a career-best 80.2 grade when facing pressure, according to Pro Football Focus. In addition, the legendary Giants quarterback threw for 700 more yards than the next-closest QB when facing pressure, including the playoff run.

As the analytics show, Manning enjoyed a truly magical season in 2011, leading the Giants to the franchise's fourth Super Bowl championship.


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