It took precisely one handoff, the primary play from scrimmage, for Saquon Barkley to carry New York to its ft and picture the enormous prospects.
It took precisely one handoff, the primary play from scrimmage, for Saquon Barkley to point out you all of the strikes — the endurance, the imaginative and prescient, the candy ft, the now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t shake-and-bake, the quickness a 233-pounder isn’t supposed to own, the burst and explosion by means of the opening, the breakaway velocity across the nook.
Thirty-nine yards later, Damarious Randall shoved Barkley out of bounds.
Welcome to the NFL, Saquon Barkley.
“It was a nice start,” John Mara instructed The Post. “It’s kinda what we expected.”
I requested Barkley what he favored finest about his run, and he stated: “The patience. Everyone’s talking about the speed’s different in the NFL and still be able to see that you’ve got that burst, you can get through that line of scrimmage like that and create space. Just got to find a way to even gain more yards on that play. Every time I touch the ball I think I should have scored, that’s just my mindset.”
On an evening when the Giants would lose 20-10 to the Browns, even his 3-yard runs have been thrilling. Barkley performed two sequence — 5 carries for 43 yards and no targets from Eli Manning within the passing sport, the place he’ll make a huge effect.
“Just a run, you know?” Manning stated, and smiled. “Let’s not go berserk yet, all right?”
Sorry, everyone else already did.
Make room among the many No. 10 jerseys and the No. 13 jerseys for the No. 26 jerseys.
Make room for Saquon Barkley.
Who remembered the best way to be a somewhat child once more, in an enormous sweet retailer.
“The fans love him already,” Evan Engram stated. “But definitely they’re going to love him some more after he gets some more of those.”
And of all of the Giants followers there at MetLife Stadium to put their eyes on the participant basic supervisor Dave Gettleman views as a gold-jacket man, destined for Canton, nobody was extra excited than Tonya Johnson.
“He’s going back with New York, from originally where he was born at [The Bronx],” she instructed The Post. “He’s playing for a home team. That’s what’s exciting for us. And he’s doing something that he always wanted to do, in an NFL uniform.”
No matter how a lot the NFL tries to allay the fears of moms and dads with new participant security guidelines, it’s nonetheless a collision sport. And the collisions come towards greater, stronger and quicker males than Barkley encountered at Whitehall High and Penn State.
“You get nervous because anything can happen,” Tonya stated. “Nobody wants to see their child get hurt, in any type of contact sport. That’s a given, it can happen. You’re nervous, you’re excited … you’re a little bit of both.”
Then once more, Little Saquon was The Natural, dominating from Little League on up.
“It’s like Saquon is one person, but then when he put that helmet on, he’s a totally different person,” Tonya stated.
She was requested how she would describe the 2 Saquons.
“I would describe one as a little more laid back, he’s kind,” Tonya stated, “but then when he put that helmet on, he becomes a beast. It’s like he’s just driven to do what he had to do and getting to where he had to get to.”
She was there along with her husband, Alibay, and her different youngsters. I requested her what she would inform Giants followers about what sort of participant they’re getting in Saquon Barkley.
“They’re getting a player who’s driven,” Tonya stated. “They’re getting a player who’s going to give it his all.”
Matt Harvey took an enormous chew of the Big Apple, and the Big Apple bit again. Saquon Barkley will deal with the hype.
“Some people can get their head swollen from all the attention and everything,” Tonya stated, “and some people take it as a blessing. He takes things as a blessing.”
Make room for the quads, the arms, the smile … The Phenom.
The Phenom Gettleman’s mom may have scouted.
The Phenom we have now been instructed was touched by the hand of God.
“It went along with what we feel about him,” Tonya stated.
The Phenom who craved this night time and this stage, not removed from his Coplay, Pa., hometown.
Barkley credited his offensive line and a block from Engram on his 39-yard gallop and stated: “I really didn’t get that nervous for this game, I have been preparing for this moment my whole life, I was just excited to get out there and show my team what I have.”
“Little Saquon,” as Odell Beckham Jr. calls him.
With the largest expectations for a New York Football Giant since Manning arrived in 2004.
Only one likelihood to make a primary impression, and boy, did Tonya’s boy make one.