Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley delivered in his very first NFL touch Thursday night, breaking out for a 39-yard run that electrified MetLife Stadium. It was stirred up a storm on Twitter.
Many reacted to the 21-year-old's dazzling run, and these are just a few who did so. The first comes from his alma mater, who was watching closely to their former star's first NFL game.
Even current free-agent Dez Bryant had to marvel at Barkley's quick cuts and breakaway speed.
I just seen Barkley 1st run... oh yea he ready- Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) August 9, 2018
Former NFL offensive lineman and current NFL Network analyst, Brian Baldinger, broke down the run. Safe to say, he came out thoroughly impressed.
39 yd run start for Saquon Barkley... pic.twitter.com/uuDtThye5k- Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) August 9, 2018
Saquon's first touch. 39 yard run. I'm buying the jersey tonight. I'm sold.- Joe Santagato (@JoeSantagato) August 9, 2018
And how about this for a stat...
The Giants rushed the ball 394 times last year. Only twice did they gain more than 39 yards -- which is what Saquon Barkley gained on his first play as a professional football player tonight.- Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) August 9, 2018
But even through all the love, there's always going to be haters. Just ask Fox Sports' Skip Bayless, who is a Cowboys faithful...
Saquon gets loose for 39 on first carry. That will only increase the hype he will not be able to live up to.- Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 9, 2018