"Good Morning Football" crew predicts big season for Saquon Barkley
Giants running back Saquon Barkley has had a strong start to his NFL career. After registering over 2,000 yards from scrimmage on his way to taking home the NFL Rookie of the Year award in 2018, Barkley followed that up by rushing for over 1,000 yards in 13 games last year. He became the first running back in Giants history to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons.
The 23-year-old has proven to be one of the most explosive runners in the NFL, in addition to being one of the most difficult players to take down. While he has already registered nearly 3,500 yards from scrimmage and 23 total touchdowns in his first two seasons, NFL Network's "Good Morning Football' crew believes the young back could have his best season yet in 2020.
"Saquon Barkley is going to have a monster year," former Giant and current NFL Network analyst Shaun O'Hara said. "Not just because the Giants upgraded their offensive line with the fourth overall pick in Andrew Thomas, but I think Jason Garrett, the effect he's going to have on that offense, along with Joe Judge's accountability factor, this is going to be a totally different offense."
"I think Saquon is definitely going to be ready," former NFL fullback Michael Robinson said. "I think Saquon is going to have a beast of a year, definitely. A new, young head coach (Joe Judge), over 1,000 yards last year in 13 games…. Saquon Barkley is one of the most explosive players. Forget running backs or wide receivers, whatever…
"Talking to him this offseason, this guy is motivated to do some big things."
Golden Tate excited to give Giants fans 'something to cheer loud and proud for'
Wide receiver Golden Tate sat down for an interview with former Giants offensive lineman David Diehl to discuss the unprecedented offseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the circumstances have not been ideal, the veteran receiver told Diehl the team has been making the most of the situation.
"We're just trying to make the best with what we have," Tate told Diehl on a video conference call. "We're able to get on Zoom meetings and spend time with each other that way, so we're just trying to make the most of it. We're in a unique situation with a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator, new draft picks and so on. We're trying to get to know each other the best we possibly can.
"Obviously, it's not the same as being face to face in the lunch room or on the field. But I think the coaches are doing a great job of creating ways for group games, different ways to get to know each other, get to know the city and things like that. We're just maximizing what we do have."
Tate caught 49 passes for 676 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games last season, his first with the Giants. The organization underwent some major changes this offseason as it welcomed an almost entirely new coaching staff, numerous free agent signings and a rookie class that includes 10 draft picks and many undrafted free agents.
Following this big offseason, Tate is excited to get back on the field and see what progress the Giants can make this season.
"I'm just excited to get back out there and play some football," Tate said. "Like you said, it's my 11th season. I still feel really, really good. I love the direction we're going in as an organization. Since the day I walked into the building, I've always thought this was a grade A organization that does everything great. Now we just have to put it together on the field and give our fans something to cheer loud and proud for, and get back to what we know the Giants can be."
Daniel Jones led all rookies with 26 touchdowns in 2019. View photos of every score.
Daniel Jones' top 10 plays of 2019
Daniel Jones enjoyed a solid rookie campaign last season. In 12 starts, the first-year quarterback threw for 3,010 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while rushing for 274 yards on 44 carries (6.2 yards per carry) and an additional two scores. Jones' 24 passing touchdowns led all rookies while his 61.9 completion percentage ranked second among first-year quarterbacks.
Jones threw for over 300 yards with multiple passing touchdowns and no interceptions in four of his 12 starts, and became the first rookie in NFL history to have three games with four touchdown passes and zero interceptions. He set numerous franchise rookie records, including most passing yards, most passing touchdowns, highest completion percentage, highest passer rating (87.7), and most completions (284).
Check out the top 10 plays from Jones' rookie season in the video below.