New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley established himself as one of the most dominant at his position as a rookie, tallying over 2,000 yards from scrimmage and breaking countless league and franchise records.
On the eve of Super Bowl LIII, Barkley will also likely bring home the 2018 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.
Despite all of that, retired NFL head coach, Bill Cowher, believes the Giants should either draft or sign another top tier running back to compliment Barkley.
“He’s a guy who has proven to be very durable, and I think his ceiling is endless. He’s one of those guys that is going to give you that kind of production year in and year out,” Cowher said via NJ Advance Media. “A guy like Saquon Barkley is really a three-down player. You see the size, the speed, the quickness, the elusiveness, the power. He’s a unique individual.
“I would just go out and get another guy. I think that’s the one thing we’re seeing in the league right now. Todd Gurley gets worn down, but all of a sudden C.J. Anderson comes in. You see the Patriots, and how they’ve taken to using Sony Michel and James White, and Rex Burkhead. It allows you to have a sustainable running game, because you’re not wearing down just one back. I think a guy like Saquon Barkley is a very special back, and where the was drafted was very appropriate.”
To a degree, Cowher is spot on. Even teams with a clear cut No. 1 running back often load their depth chart with other capable backs. Where Cowher misses is post however, is that the Giants already have one of those.
Although his role was substantially diminished in 2018, Wayne Gallman still played well with limited snaps. He showed a clear progression from a year earlier, and is a more than capable in pass protection and out of the backfield. Additionally, he’s a team-first guy, which allowed Barkley to come in and slide into his role seamlessly.
With Jonathan Stewart not returning in 2019, the Giants will need to poke around running backs a bit once the new league year begins, but don’t expect them to go all-out for a No. 2 given Gallman’s presence.