Giants training camp begins on July 25, but the player everyone wants to see in East Rutherford will report on Sunday.
Saquon Barkley will officially kick off his rookie season when he and the rest of the 2018 rookies (and select veterans) take the Quest Diagnostics Training Center field for the start of training camp.
The spotlight will consistently shine on Barkley throughout camp and the rest of the season, as he looks to prove he was worth skipping on a top-rated quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick. The pressure, though, doesn't faze him.
"No. People expect me to be this, be that," Barkley told The Post's Steve Serby when asked if he feels pressure. "Obviously people shape a career for me, or shape what I should be. But I already have a high standard for myself. I really don't feel pressure from no one at all."
Barkley realizes many experts and fans alike wanted the Giants to select a quarterback, but he's looking to make everyone eat those words this season.
"I know a lot of people don't think the running back position has value as it was once before," he said. "I know there are critics that are saying that in the long run I'm not gonna be the right pick, they should have drafted a quarterback. I want to prove them wrong. I want to prove them wrong every single day."
Whether or not you think Barkley was the right pick for the Giants, he fills a big need for the offense. The Giants haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ahmad Bradshaw in 2012, but that could easily change with the Penn State product expected to get a brunt of the workload this season.
Just as he has showed during his college career, Barkley envisions an explosive offense that will be hard to tame in 2018. He will be the catalyst.
"I think we have a chance to be very explosive," he said. "I think when you look on paper, it's all there. You can ask anybody that knows football. But it's a lot easier said than done. You gotta hold each other to a standard, push each other every single day. And I think if we're able to do that, have that chemistry, I think the sky's the limit for our offense."
We've heard this before, though. The Giants had Super Bowl aspirations before their deep dive into a chaotic and utter disaster of a season. But, on paper, pairing up Barkley with offensive weapons like Odell Beckham Jr. will certainly be a sight.
"If I'm able to have the succes that I had in college and demand that attention that I was able to have in college, you can't demand that attentiona that they had for Odell in the past," Barkley said. "And not even only myself -- Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard -- there's so many people around the offense that it's kind of pick your poison."
New GM Dave Gettleman defended his selection of Barkley, saying he was "touched by the hand of God" and believe a gold jacket is in his future. That in itself is high expectations for the young back, but Barkley has been hearing this kind of stuff since his college days.
It's doesn't get to him at all.
"It doesn't go to my head," he said. "Your whole life people are gonna give you compliments. But you can't get too high on the good compliments because as many good compliments people give you, there's gonna be bad compliments. It's a great compliment from the guys that drafted you and picked you to join the team, but you can't get too high over it. I treat that compliment like any other compliment."
So, when Barkley walks through the Giants' facility on Sunday, he will have the mindset he has had since he got drafted. And hopefully this mindset turns into results -- the ones the Giants and their fans want to see for years to come.
"It's like being a freshman all over again," Barkley explained. "Come in here humble, just hang out, ready to work, ask a lot of questions. Try to be available every day, it's a long grind season, you want to be part of everything possible."