Giants coach Pat Shurmur was quick to admit this week that he should have called more running plays for Saquon Barkley during Sunday's loss to the Saints.
With Big Blue gearing up for the Panthers in Week 5, the rookie running back said he's more than willing to take on a heavier workload in Carolina.
"Whatever. Simple as that," Barkley told reporters on Wednesday. "Whatever the team needs me to do, however many touches they need me to do, however many carries they need me to do, however many plays they need me to do, I'm willing to do it. It wouldn't bother me, my mind wouldn't be different, my body wouldn't be different. At the end of the day you still have to come in here and take care of your body, I'm still going to do that no matter if I touch the ball twice or touch the ball 25 times."
Barkley had just 16 touches on 59 plays in the defeat to New Orleans. Though he had six receptions for 56 yards, his rushing totals (10 carries for 44 yards) revealed questionable play calling, and Shurmur acknowledged as much.
"I wish I would've called more runs," Shurmur said Monday. "That's the reality of that, because I think the ball in Saquon's hands is a good thing."
When given the opportunities, Barkley has proven his coach right. But the running back said there's still plenty of room for growth.
"I've got to be better," he said. "I think I've been doing a pretty good job of breaking tackles so far, I've got to find a way to break more tackles. I was brought here to be an efficient player and when the opportunity comes, create big plays, and I've got to do a better job there. A lot of the reason we haven't been successful is we haven't been able to run the ball, we haven't run the ball as well as we are capable of. That's where my job kicks in and that's where myself and the O line, we're kind of a whole when it comes to that, where we've got to take that as a personal challenge and continue to work and get better. When the next game comes, when the opportunity comes, capitalize on it."
The Giants will look to improve to 2-3 on the season against the 2-1 Panthers.