Giants RB Saquon Barkley said Monday that the team should feel disrespected that the Saints played a soft zone defense against them during Sunday's loss.
And he thinks the best way to combat it is to run the ball.
"Personally, run the ball," he said. "That's something where I step in, where the offensive line steps in, and that's something that we've got to take personal. When we see a team playing cover two and playing soft zone, that has to be disrespectful to us and that's something we are really aware of and we hope to solve that problem really soon."
With the Saints in a soft zone -- as the Cowboys were during the Giants' loss in Week 1 -- head coach Pat Shurmur called for them to hand the ball to Barkley just 10 times.
Shurmur admitted Monday that he wished he would've called more runs for Barkley. "That's the reality of that," he said. "The ball in Saquon's hands is a good thing."
The ball in Odell Beckham Jr.'s hands is also a good thing. Beckham was targeted 11 times Sunday, and of the seven pass plays the Giants ran in the red zone, only one targeted Beckham.
When asked if Beckham should be "unstoppable," Barkley said yes.
"Definitely. Odell is unstoppable. If you watch film or if you watch him play, I don't know if there's a cornerback that has checked him, that has covered him one-on-one to be completely honest and that's something that I love about Odell. He's a great leader, he's passionate, he's a passionate player and you thrive off that, especially me."