When Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. talked on Wednesday about having to get used to new QB Baker Mayfield‘s arm strength, many took it as a dig at Eli Manning.
Saquon Barkley did not.
“I saw his comments. I don’t think Odell was making a shot at Eli or anybody,” Barkley told SNY’s Jonas Schwartz on Thursday after shaking his head at the situation. “You have to get used to a new quarterback,” Barkley explained, likening the situation to how he got used to the Giants’ reshuffled offensive line during the second half of last season.
“That’s like me saying from the beginning of the season our O-line was here and there — injuries and trades and getting rid of people,” Barkley said. “Then the second half of the season, I had to get used to it. Not saying the O-line in the first half of the season wasn’t that good, you just gotta get used to it and get a feel and get a mesh. And that’s what he (Beckham) has to do over there.”
Barkley was also asked when he and his teammates will be able to stop answering questions about Beckham.
“Odell was such an iconic figure here in New York,” Barkley said. “Obviously a lot of people were devastated outside when he was traded and he’s Odell. He’s one of the faces of football, one of the faces of the NFL. He’s gonna continue to be talked about. At the end of the day, we just gotta focus on the Giants. He’s gonna focus on the Browns.”
Regarding rookie QB Daniel Jones, Barkley had praise for more than his arm.
“He’s a ballplayer,” Barkley said. “He can make every single throw, he can move his feet when the pocket breaks down. We saw the other day, he pulled and run and everyone went crazy.”