Two players on the New York Giants offense – one potential star and one player that’s already recognized as one of the biggest stars on not just the team but in the NFL in general – have been recognized with some of the other top young players in the league by MMQB. Andy Benoit placed running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Evan Engram on his list of the league’s best under 25 players, with three players being picked for each position.
Barkley came in next to Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot and Saints running back Alvin Kamara. Interestingly enough, all of those players are 23, despite Barkley being the most inexperienced of the group in terms of NFL game time. Kamara and Elliot came out of college earlier but that didn’t stop Barkley from being rated next to them after bursting onto the scene in 2018 and competing for the NFL rushing title despite being a new player.
Evan Engram has had considerably more struggles than Barkley at this point after two full seasons in the league, but still has enough potential to be ranked as one of the best under 25 tight ends in the league. But Engram’s potential is just that, potential. Despite being very promising for his age, the player has had trouble through his career with dropping open passes, and suffered from injuries as well as low usage during last season, which was a large step back from his first year.
Both players will have a larger role in 2019 from the looks of things so far, with the Giants potentially looking for more production from both their running game and their main receiving targets because of the departure of Odell Beckham Jr., which puts the team in unprecedented territory that they haven’t had to deal with long term for years. With training camp and soon the season approaching, we’ll get to see more soon of how much these players have managed to improve over the offseason going into the 2019 season.