Saquon Barkley has heard the words of those who said taking a running back No. 2 was too high. And after invoking the names of two of the best backs in the league, explained what makes him such an offensive threat.
"I'm more than a running back," Barkley said. "Completely more than a running back. That's why when people try to put, you know, 'why should a running back go that high?' Obviously if you look at the past three years and look at the history of the running back position -- what the Zeke's (Ezekiel Elliot) and the LeVeon's (Le'Veon Bell) are able to do. When you look at those guys, they're more than a running back."
Barkley spoke to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano after addressing the media Friday at Minicamp, and expanded on what he meant.
"More than just a running back, meaning I'm an all-around player," Barkley said. "All-around teammate, and I'll do whatever it takes to win," whether that's returning kicks, playing on special teams, or even playing defense.
"I'm not just a running back," Barkley continued. "I'm not just a guy that's gonna line up in I formation and bang his head -- I'll do that if I have to, if that's part of the game plan. But I'm a guy that can run inside, outside, catch the ball out the backfield. You can line me up in slot, pass-block. Whatever it takes, I'm willing to do."
Barkley also spoke with Vacchiano about the Hall-of-Fame expectations being placed on him, and the potential of the Giants' offense. Watch the full conversation below...