It takes one to know one.
Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin has nothing but high praise for the Giants' new RB Saquon Barkley, who idolized Martin growing up a Jets fan.
"I think he'll be a really good fit," Martin told Newsday's Tom Rock. "If I were the Giants, that's probably the pick that I would have made. I think he'll be a great addition to the team. I think he's a unique weapon for Eli to have because he's as good a receiver as he is a running back as you're going to get coming out of the backfield, and he's one of the best runners I've seen."
Those are powerful words coming from a First-Team All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler in Martin, who rushed for less than 1,000 yards in only his final year with the Jets -- partly due to the fact he didn't play in all 16 games.
Martin truly believes Barkley is a transcendent talent at the position.
"He has more ability -- I don't know how it will all translate, the talent and production off the field -- but as far as a running back it's hard to find one with more than what he has," Martin said.
If there's any advice Martin would give to Barkley on having as much success as he did in his career, work ethic and staying focused is of highest priority.
"Stay humble," Martin said. "Make sure you give your all every day you are out there on the playing field because what I found is that the fans respect that. You may make mistakes, but as long as you are trying your all and giving it your best, the New York fans will love you."
Barkley's first day in following Martin's words of wisdom starts this Friday when he puts on his No. 26 jersey for the first time in rookie minicamp at the Giants' facility.