There Is one Forgotten Giant in 2019
There seems to be a forgotten Giant in 2019. Just a year ago the attention was on him, this year the focus in on another. All eyes are on Daniel Jones in 2019 just like all eyes were on Saquon Barkley in 2018.
This has been a roller coaster of opinions when it comes to the perception of Daniel Jones by the Giants fanbase. At first, Big Blue faithful were unhappy and serenaded Jones with boos when Jones was drafted. Some might have questioned the sanity of David Gettleman by selecting the quarterback from Duke with the 6th pick overall.
Fast forward to the end of the preseason some are now calling for Jones to start as signal-caller in week one for the New York Giants. In preseason Jones looked tremendous and an argument can be made that Jones has outplayed incumbent Eli Manning. Still as tremendous as Jones has played it was still preseason and the real test begins when Jones plays in a regular-season game. Yet people still have the forgotten Giant in 2019.
And The Forgotten Giant in 2019 is...
A year ago Saquon Barkley was the one everyone was focusing on. Barkley was the number 2 overall pick by the New York Giants in 2018. While Barkley had the measurables of an athletic freak there were some that were unhappy with Barkley’s selection. Certain people believed that David Gettleman should have selected Sam Darnold as the heir to Eli Manning. Instead, Darnold went to the crosstown rivals New York Jets and with the success of Darnold could open decades worth of second-guessing by Giants fans for passing on Darnold.
Saquon Barkley had a sensational rookie campaign that was highlighted with numerous long runs and big passing plays. In his debut season, Barkley had 1307 rushing yards and 721 receiving yards for 2028 all-purpose yards with a total of 16 touchdowns. After one season Barkley validated the number two selection overall and was awarded the offensive rookie of the year in 2018. On a team that had Odell Beckham Jr., Saquon Barkley had become the number one option on offense. And he is still the forgotten Giant in 2019.
What should have people calling for an even better year is that the NY Giants had improved their offensive line. By acquiring right guard Kevin Zeitler via trade and signing right tackle Mike Remmers Big Blue should have a much better offensive line in 2019 than 2018 which should lead to more production for Saquon Barkley.
Yet even after the great rookie campaign and the upgrades on the offensive line Saquon Barkley is not the focal point of Giant pundits. The primary attention is being placed on when Daniel Jones will replace Eli Manning. How much longer Eli will be starting quarterback. There were even a few armchair general managers who were suggesting Eli Manning be traded to the Indianapolis Colts to replace the retiring Andrew Luck.
With the attention being placed on Jones, Barkley could be the biggest under hyped secret weapon in the NFL or the forgotten Giant in 2019. The reason for this is even though it is unsure who will be Giants quarterback in 2019 it is for certain that Saquon Barkley will be the focal point of the offense in 2019. Saquon will get his number called in the ground game as the number one back for the NY Giants. The suspension of Golden Tate and trade of Odell Beckham Jr. will just mean more potential targets for Barkley.
Even though Manning and Jones are the center of attention the G-Men will only go as far as Barkley will carry them in 2019. David Gettleman wanted to have a strong ground game when he became New York Giants' General Manager in December 2017. Gettleman drafted his franchise running back in 2018 in Saquon Barkley. While the talk is dominated about Gettleman’s franchise quarterback pick in 2019, Barkley can dominate on the field. And that is where domination matters most.