Giants QB Eli Manning is excited to start working with his new running back. But he has some words of wisdom to the 22-year-old.
Barkley, the Giants No. 2 overall pick, already has tons of spotlight on him. And Manning knows well that the spotlight shines at all times, which is why his advice to Barkley is to learn how to say no.
"Just be ready to handle this whirlwind of New York. You're going to be pulled every different direction. You gotta learn how to say 'No,' " Manning told SNY's Justine Ward at last Tuesday's BTIG Charity Day. "Say the words, 'No.' Understand you got a job to do and that's learn the playbook, get in here, and being a great teammate and learning the guys. Obviously, he's got a new family and a little baby now. So make sure you have everything in order to handle your business."
Barkley got his first chance to act out the playbook during the Giants' rookie minicamp this past weekend. He impressed the Giants in all facets of his game, including his receiving and blocking skills.
However, Barkley was catching passes from fourth-round pick QB Kyle Lauletta -- not his starting quarterback. Manning is excited to get on the field and see exactly what Barkley can do in person.
"Excited to get Saquon in the facility and get to work with him," Manning said. "I've been talking to him a little bit. He's seems like a great kid, tremendous talent. So now it's just getting on the same page and getting to work."