Saquon Barkley can already envision himself in the Giants' offense. And it looks scary good.
Barkley recently spoke about the prospect of joining the Giants, which some believe is a lock next Thursday. Having his versatile skill set in the backfield to go along with Odell Beckham and Co. on the outside has a good ring to Barkley's ears.
He also sees veteran QB Eli Manning staying under center for years to come.
"I think Eli Manning definitely has a lot in the tank left," Barkley told Penn State Live. "He's still an extraordinary player. You have Odell Beckham, one of the most exciting players in the NFL for three or four years. Then you talk about Sterling Shepard and the tight ends.
"If I'm able to have the success that I had in college, being able to demand that attention that I brought from the backfield, it's kind of hard (for opposing defenses). What are you going to do? You don't want to load the box because the wide receiver corps is so dangerous. If I'm able to have success, you have to factor in the run game too."
Barkley is also having fun with the thought of being teammates with one of the most dynamic players in the NFL in Beckham. He spoke with the Instagram page "sportyandspice" where he said he would beat the ultra-athletic Beckham in a game of one-on-one on the basketball court.
"Me," Barkley said laughing. "I can't shoot to save my life, but I can jump. One on one there's too much space. I don't think he'll be able to stick with my first step. I'm 230 pounds, he's probably 190 on a good day, so I'm just going to post him down and get easy buckets."
On the football field, though, Barkley and Beckham would be a dangerous combo for defenses to plan around. ESPN's Todd McShay said the Giants want to be a run-first team, which breaks the narrative of the last decade or so where the pass game with Manning under center was the main offensive objective for Big Blue.
However, if McShay's report rings true, Barkley would be the ultimate asset for new head coach Pat Shurmur to work with. Barkley has the ability to pick up the short gains with brute force up the middle, burst to the outside with his explosive speed, and to top it all off, catch the ball on routes out of the backfield.
Defenses used to have to worry about only Beckham. Shepard added a new problem for defenses two seasons ago, and Evan Engram gave the receiving corps an added bonus last season, showing off his agility and speed at the tight end position. So, Barkley isn't wrong in saying adding him to the mix would give the Giants everything they need to work with on the offensive end.
Though a quarterback can't be ruled out entirely, the Giants could be set on adding an immediate-impact player. Barkley already knows that player would be him.