Saquon Barkley On WFAN: I Want To 'Show The Team That I'm Here To Win'

August 01, 2018 - 9:37 am
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By WFAN.com

Saquon Barkley has yet to play in an NFL game, but some observers believe he could be destined for the Hall of Fame. After he drafted Barkley, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman declared that the former Penn State running back "was touched by the hand of God."

Now with his first training camp underway, Barkley is beginning the process of trying to live up to the hype.

He, however, told WFAN's "Boomer & Gio" on Wednesday that he's not letting the sky-high expectations get to him.

"A lot of people are going to say a lot of things," he said. "A lot of good things have been said about me. But when you get to the practice field, that's the time you spend with your brothers, that's the time you spend with your teammates and your coaches, and that's a time you spend to get better and prepare yourself for the season. So my main focus is to try to get better every single day and control what I can control and take it one day at a time."

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Barkley said he realizes he's living his dream and that he's going to do everything in his power to ensure he's doesn't join the long list of NFL busts. 

"I wake up every single day, and I'm a New York Giant, and I'm playing in the NFL, and that's a dream of mine as a little kid," he said. "I definitely want to take advantage of it."

The 21-year-old rookie said he's setting a high bar for himself in practice. 

"I've been trying to go every practice without making one mistake, and I always find one little thing," he said. "And obviously I hold myself to a high standard, so it really upsets me. But it comes with the nature of the game."

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He said he's been leaning on veterans Eli Manning and Jonathan Stewart for pointers. 

"I"m definitely soaking it all in," he said of their experience. "I've got to take advantage of it. I'd be a fool not to. I ask a lot of questions, and I watch a lot of film. Especially with Jonathan Stewart, he's taught me things already that I didn't know as a running back."

Barkley said he's relieved that he didn't have to deal with a messy contract negotiation.

"I just wanted to focus and work out, get as ready as I can for camp and be here on time for camp so I can try to be the best I can be and show the team that I'm here to win," he said.