By drafting running back Saquon Barkley second overall in the NFL draft, the Giants have another threat on offense, and quarterback Eli Manning is looking forward to working with the rookie.
"You like those three-down running backs," Manning said, according to NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "I haven't watched a whole lot of film on him. You've got to let him get here and earn his (stripes) a little bit. I know he is very talented. I'm just excited to get him in the facility and on the practice field and work with him."
The Giants ranked 26th in the league in total rushing yards and 22nd in yards per attempt a year ago en route to a 3-13 season. In 2016, they finished 29th in total rushing yards. Enter Barkley, who totaled 1,271 rushing yards, 632 receiving yards and 24 all-purpose touchdowns last year with the Nittany Lions.
But despite Barkley's hype -- GM Dave Gettleman believes Barkley already has Hall of Fame potential -- the 37-year-old Manning understands it only matters once everyone steps onto the field.
"We definitely have some (talented) players," Manning said. "Paper is one thing, but you have to be able to do it on the field. You have to have everybody come together. It's not four or five guys that make a difference. It's all 11, and more than that sometimes. Both sides doing their part."
The Giants' leading rusher last year was Orleans Darkwa, who totaled 751 yards on 171 attempts. Meanwhile, Wayne Gallman, Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins combined for 730 yards on 197 attempts.
Manning said the addition of Barkley could help the Giants with the play-action, but in turn help the team on both sides of the ball.
"When you run the ball, it gives you the ability to wear down a defense and get the offensive line going," Manning said. "It helps everything. It helps the pass protection, the play-action, it helps control the ball a little bit better, it helps the defense because they are not on the field as long."