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Giants Now: Saquon Barkley has HS jersey retired

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Saquon Barkley has high school jersey retired

Before the Giants kicked off the season against the Denver Broncos last weekend, running back Saquon Barkley enjoyed a very special moment at his old high school in Whitehall, Pennsylvania.

During halftime of Whitehall's game on Friday, September 10, the school held a ceremony to retire Barkley's No. 21 jersey.

In his senior year at Whitehall back in 2014, Barkley rushed for 1,851 yards and 24 touchdowns on his way to being voted the winner of the Mr. Pennsylvania Football Award for Classes 3A and 4A . He finished his high school career with 3,642 yards on 455 carries, good for an average of 8.0 yards per attempt, to go with 50 rushing scores.

Barkley also had 39 receptions for 568 yards and eight receiving scores, and added one interception return for a TD, one punt return TD, and one kickoff return TD.

Also attending the ceremony was two-time Super Bowl champion center Dan Koppen of the New England Patriots. Koppen attended Whitehall and is one of only two other NFL players to have his number retired by the school (Matt Millen is the third).

View photos of Giants running back Saquon Barkley.

Daniel Jones puts up strong performance in loss

Thursday's game did not end how the Giants would have hoped as they fell to Washington, 30-29, on a last-second field goal by Dustin Hopkins.

While it was a tough ending to a well-fought game, there was one big positive to come out of Thursday's contest- the play of quarterback Daniel Jones.

Jones put together one of the strongest overall outings of his young career. The third-year quarterback completed 22 of 32 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown, finishing with a passer rating of 102.2. Jones also made a significant impact on the ground, rushing for a game-high 95 yards on nine carries, good for an average of 10.6 yards per carry, and an additional score. The 95 rushing yards set a new career-high for the 24-year-old.

Perhaps the most encouraging part of Jones' performance Thursday was his ball security. Jones did not turn the ball over in this game, making smart passes throughout all four quarters while making sure to get down before being hit on most of his rush attempts. In fact, PFF did not track him for one turnover-worthy play the entire game.

Jones earned an overall grade of 91.3 from Pro Football Focus in Week 2, the highest grade of his career, which was aided by an elite 90.7 passing grade. In addition, his average depth of target was 11 yards against Washington, which would have been the highest mark in the NFL in Week 1 (not including Jordan Love's seven pass attempts).

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