The 2019 regular season is still several months away, but already debates are beginning to heat up. And one such debate surfaced earlier this week when the panel of Good Morning Football pondered the best dual-threat running backs in the NFL.
Peter Schrager went with New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara and Kyle Brandt went with Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, but Kay Adams emphatically pounded the drum for New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley.
“I, at this table right now, middle of May, can say with confidence that in the NFC East, Saquon Barkley will have a better year than he did last year,” Adams said. “And that sounds a little crazy. This is a guy that won Offensive Rookie of the Year. This is a guy who eclipsed the 2000-yard mark his first year out the gate. He also had 91 receptions his rookie year. That’s insane.”
“How could he possibly be better? Because that’s completely bananas. In my head, I can’t even make sense of how he did this on this team with this offensive line last year. So now you think, they leave the good guys, they bring in Zeitler, they bring in Remmers. The offensive line should be better. Not that he needs it. He had 931 yards after contact last year. That is 200 more than the next guy in the league. It is absurd what he can do without an offensive line, and then you give him that.”
We at Giants Wire have shared similar sentiments in regard to Barkley running behind a competent offensive line. What he was able to do with a sub par front was historic, so what might he accomplish with an average-plus line?
2019 will be interesting for a number of reasons, but perhaps none more than what Barkley does as a sophomore with a better supporting cast.