Giants RB Saquon Barkley was impressive in his first half-season in the NFL, but he’s hungry to take his game to another level in the second half.
The 2018 first-round pick has racked up 1,016 yards from scrimmage — including 519 rushing yards — and scored five touchdowns thus far. He has shown a level of confidence not always seen by a rookie, but he still wants to work on trusting himself.
“That’s one thing I need to get back to,” he said. “I’m big on watching film, and sometimes it hurts myself because I over-calculate things or I overthink sometimes… so I try to trust myself, play the game, and play the position I’ve been playing since I was a little kid.”
Barkley said among the areas he hopes to improve upon include pass protection, catching the ball, and running between tackles.
“Every part of my game has room to improve, and that’s a challenge that I’m willing to accept,” he said. “That’s a challenge I will continue to get better at.”
The 21-year-old Barkley isn’t focused on his statistics, even if he sometimes will see them on social media. But he is focused on looking at other top-performers around the league so he can learn from them. To that end, he said he will pick the brain of newly-acquired guard Jamon Brown, who blocked for Todd Gurley.
“I definitely can learn a lot from the guy who blocked for probably, today, the MVP of the league, in my opinion,” Barkley said. “I watch film on Todd Gurley, I love the way he plays. He’s an all-purpose back and a threat any time he touches the ball, he runs physical and runs right in between tackles.”
Barkley and the Giants, who are coming off their bye week, will continue their season on Monday night against the 49ers.