The Saquon Barkley vs. Sam Darnold debate is never-ending, but former Giants running back Rashad Jennings is perplexed on why that is the case.
Jennings, who played for the Giants from 2014-16, adamantly defended his former team’s decision to take Barkley over Darnold in last year’s NFL Draft.
“The Giants 100 percent made the right decision,” he told NJ.com last week. “Are you kidding me? You’re on some real drugs if you think anything different.
“Saquon is a generational running back. He has the potential to wear a gold jacket one day. This is not a normal dude.”
Barkley was named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year this season after becoming jsut the third rookie to accumulate more than 2,000 total yards from scrimmage (2,028). He avereaged five yards per carry and totaled 15 rushing and receiving touchdowns, as well as 91 receptions.
Yet the Giants still went 5-11 and questions continue to linger around 38-year-old quarterback Eli Manning.
While Jennings still has faith in Manning, he admits that drafting Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins this year would be a game-changer.
“Haskins being on that team will change the face of how they play,” Jennings said. “The New York Giants would have a different animal, when you say the team New York Giants. You don’t think anymore about what it’s been the past few years, because Haskins is totally different.”
Haskins finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in his first season as starting quarterback, completing 70 percent of his passes and tossing for 4,381 yards and 50 touchdowns to just eight interceptions.
Despite just one season of collegiate football under his belt, he has declared for this year’s NFL Draft and could be a target for the Giants with the No. 6 pick.
“Eli’s not a running quarterback,” Jennings added. “When you bring in someone as young, elusive, and the big-play ability that Haskins has, the anticipation would be high on every snap with the amount of talent they have on that football team.”