It’s New York football’s Great Debate — and it’s not ending anytime soon.
Neither is the trolling.
The Jets took a light shot at their neighbors ahead of the 2019 NFL draft in Nashville with three words — “Thank you, @Giants” — above a photo of Gang Green fanatics clad in Sam Darnold gear echoing the same prose.
“@nyjets You’re welcome,” the Giants responded, with Saquon Barkley holding onto the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
It’s the storyline that’ll further entangle both franchises for years to come: the Giants shockingly passing on Darnold, the potential franchise quarterback, for the star running back Barkley during last year’s draft.
While Barkley took the NFL by storm, the Giants are still frantically searching for Eli Manning’s heir.
They could fill that role Thursday night, with either the No. 6 or No. 17 pick, though none of the quarterback prospects presumably on their radar are as highly regarded as Darnold was in 2018.
Meanwhile, Darnold showed flashes of stardom last season, as Jets brass will be focused on building a supporting cast around the most important position in the game. The Jets currently hold the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.
“I don’t care for their opinions or anything, I can’t change those opinions,” Barkley said last week. Not being cocky or anything, but if a Rookie of the Year doesn’t sway that mindset, then I don’t know what will.”
It all fits on the bulletin board for when these two teams face off during next season’s MetLife Bowl.