The last time the New York Giants team rushing offense was ranked in the top half of the National Football League was in 2012 when they were 14th in the league. After that, their next highest ranking has been 19th. As any football aficionado could tell you, throwing the ball from the pocket is so much harder when you don’t have a suitable rushing attack to keep defenses honest.
In that span of porous offensive lines and tepid rushing attacks, two-time Super Bowl-winning QB and future Hall of Famer Eli Manning has had to do more with less. The results have been disastrous, to say the least.
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That’s why the signing of rookie running back Saquon Barkley to a four-year, $31.2 million deal is such a huge deal. Pegged by some to be the best preseason rookie RB prospect since Adrian Peterson, Barkley possesses a rare blend of explosiveness, soft hands, elusiveness, toughness and breakaway speed.
While most good running backs would be lucky to have two or three of those attributes, Barkley appears to have a full house as far as skills go.
The deal includes a $20.76 million signing bonus with $15 million paid out immediately (he will receive the rest by October), NFL Media insider Ian Rapoport added.
Barkley was selected out of Penn State with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns and caught 102 passes, including eight for scores, in three seasons. He totaled 5,538 total yards on 791 touches for averages of 7.0 yards per play and 145.7 yards per game.