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  • Saquon Barkley is 'the total package' | Former Giants' star RBs sound off on No. 2 pick

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...rt_river_index

    Excerpt: "The in-stadium host for Landon Collins’ Charity Softball Game on Saturday night approached a young fan hours before the event was set to begin and asked who his favorite Giants’ player was.

    “Saquon Barkley!” The young fan exclaimed into the Jumbotron camera, clearly enamored by the potential of the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft out of Penn State.

    He wasn’t alone, as both Barkley Giants and Nittany Lions jerseys were among the most popular in the crowd.

    Fans lined the front row as the running back signed autographs for just about everyone within arms-length upon arriving to Palisades Credit Union Park for the event.


    Similarly to the young fan, Barkley has already caught the attention several legendary former Giants running backs such as Brandon Jacobs, Rodney Hampton, and Tyrone Wheatley, who were effusive in their praise of the rookie in conversations with NJ Advance Media:


    Tyrone Wheatley: Barkley is 'able to create space'

    Tyrone Wheatley didn't just spend 10 seasons in the Giants' backfield, but he had a front-row seat for Barkley's first three collegiate seasons as the running backs coach at Penn State's Big Ten Rival Michigan Wolverines.

    Wheatley was the Giants' first-round draft choice in 1995 with the No. 17 overall pick, before going on to rush for 4,962 yards and 40 touchdowns with 900 receiving yard and seven more scores in 10 NFL seasons.

    Before he's even taken a snap in the NFL, Wheatley says he believes Barkley is going to be a threat from anywhere on the field.

    "The thing that really sets Saquon apart, is his ability to create space," Wheatley told NJ Advance Media. "He's a real low to the ground runner and he has great balance. Once he creates the space, he now has the burst and explosiveness to extend the space with his speed. He's a really, really great guy and has great balance."

    In three collegiate seasons, Barkley averaged 5.7 yards per carry, and caught 102 passes for 1,195 yards while scoring 51 total touchdowns.

    Wheatley thinks Barkley's versatility will serve him well at the next level.

    "The fact that he has so many dimensions that he can run and catch it," Wheatley said. "You can't just zero in on him just running the ball. He catches the ball out of the backfield. He has great hands. Then, when he runs it, he can run stretch, he can run inside-zone, he can run the gap-scheme. He's not just a one-dimensional back. He has many dimensions to him, where you can't just key into him at all." Read more...
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    Originally posted by RoanokeFan View Post
    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...rt_river_index

    Excerpt: "Wheatley was the Giants' first-round draft choice in 1995 with the No. 17 overall pick, before going on to rush for 4,962 yards and 40 touchdowns with 900 receiving yard and seven more scores in 10 NFL seasons."
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    4,962 yards rushing in 10 seasons? Heck, Barklely's going to eclipse that in his second year!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bronxpinstripes View Post

      4,962 yards rushing in 10 seasons? Heck, Barklely's going to eclipse that in his second year!
      He better in order to live up to the contract....

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bronxpinstripes View Post

        4,962 yards rushing in 10 seasons? Heck, Barklely's going to eclipse that in his second year!
        That was his career total with both the Giants & Oakland. He only played 4 yrs for the Giants & only started 8 games, he rushed for only 1,280yds & 8TDs as a Giant. Rodney Hampton was the starting RB for NY when Wheatley was here & then Tiki were our starting RB from 97'-06'

        Hampton put up 6,897 yds in 6 full seasons as a starter & 51 rushing/rec TDs. Those are damn good stats as well. Tiki/Hampton are the 2 best RBs in Giants history.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Parademon1 View Post

          Tiki/Hampton are the 2 best RBs in Giants history.
          Until now. Now it's Barkley/Tiki.

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          • #6
            Yeah, can’t wait to see how this season plays out. One premier player of all the draft picks and FA acquisitions (so far) but the same old everything else. You want Barkley to succeed on the NFL level? Trade him to a more complete team that’s not in a rebuilding mode and finish the process of building the trenches. Half assed owner=half-assed GM=half assed built team. Barkley better succeed bc the ny rabid media is gonna tear this whole organization a new arsehole....and they’d be right!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bronxpinstripes View Post

              Until now. Now it's Barkley/Tiki.
              you can't talk about great Giants RB's without at least mentioning Frank Gifford!!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fletch842 View Post

                you can't talk about great Giants RB's without at least mentioning Frank Gifford!!!
                Frank rushed for 3,609 yds 34 TDs in 12 yrs, not exactly earth shattering stats. Seriously speaking as a Giants fan, How did he really manage to get into the HOF with those stats?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Parademon1 View Post

                  Frank rushed for 3,609 yds 34 TDs in 12 yrs, not exactly earth shattering stats. Seriously speaking as a Giants fan, How did he really manage to get into the HOF with those stats?
                  You're not looking at his receiving accomplishments though. It was also a different game back then. In the 50's, 500 yards rushing, or receiving, in a season was a big deal. Frank did both many times.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by giantsin04 View Post

                    You're not looking at his receiving accomplishments though. It was also a different game back then. In the 50's, 500 yards rushing, or receiving, in a season was a big deal. Frank did both many times.
                    3609 rush yds 34 TDs+ 5434 rec yds & 43 rec TDs for a total of 9,043yds & 77 total rush/rec TDs, OK, that is HOF stats, my bad. He also rushed for 4.3 ypc.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by fletch842 View Post

                      you can't talk about great Giants RB's without at least mentioning Frank Gifford!!!
                      Frank Gifford wasn't a "generational talent"..

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by fletch842 View Post

                        you can't talk about great Giants RB's without at least mentioning Frank Gifford!!!
                        In the early 70's the Giants had a tremendous RB by the name of Ron Johnson. Always been a favorite of mine.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by boxcar willie View Post

                          In the early 70's the Giants had a tremendous RB by the name of Ron Johnson. Always been a favorite of mine.
                          Too early for me, little Joe Morris was who I grew up watching, he was a beast for a few yrs with us.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bronxpinstripes View Post

                            Frank Gifford wasn't a "generational talent"..
                            Actually, my Father and Uncles argued that he was. They said he was an extremely talented RB and a great receiver.

                            It took three decades for other RBs to have the Pass catching numbers that he had.

                            He is also truly one of the all-time classiest guys ever.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Tommy_Ribs View Post

                              Actually, my Father and Uncles argued that he was. They said he was an extremely talented RB and a great receiver.

                              It took three decades for other RBs to have the Pass catching numbers that he had.

                              He is also truly one of the all-time classiest guys ever.
                              He was being sarcastic with his "generational talent " comment.

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