Saquon Barkley On WFAN: Giants Can Be A Special Team In 2019

Boomer and Gio
January 31, 2019 - 10:48 am
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By WFAN.com

Saquon Barkley believes the Giants unlocked their own secret for success in the second half of the season and are primed to make a run in 2019.

Big Blue started the year 1-7, then won four out of five games before finishing 5-11.

"We didn't even click fully (in the second half), but we did click a little bit and found ways to win games and beat some tough teams," Barkley told WFAN's "Boomer & Gio" on Thursday from Radio Row in Atlanta. "We started finding our reason why. We started understanding ... we're playing for each other. We started competing for each other, and that was our message -- try to be more of a family. And we had that in our mindset. We were playing at a high level. 

"And I believe we have all the pieces there right now, and we've just got to find a way to finish games," the running back continued. "And if we can start that and have a faster start next year, I believe the sky's the limit, and I know we can be a special team."

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But who might be under center for the 2019 Giants? Thirty-eight-year-old Eli Manning, a highly drafted rookie -- possibly Dwayne Haskins -- or a free agent addition such as Nick Foles or Teddy Bridgewater? 

"It's too early to say what we're probably going to do in April. But with me, I really truly do believe that we can win with Eli," said Barkley, who was named Pepsi Rookie of the Year on Thursday. "I'm a big believer in Eli. He's a great player. He's a great leader of the team. Taught me so much."

WFAN's Gregg Giannotti asked Barkley if wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is a good teammate, especially in light of his in-season ESPN interview in which he was critical of Manning and refused to say whether he was happy being a Giant. Barkley stuck up for Beckham.

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"I don't think Odell Beckham's a good teammate; he's a great teammate," he said. "Coming from my personal view and my perspective, he's helped me so much, showing me the ropes. He's been through it all. He had, going from that (one-handed) catch (against the Cowboys in 2015), he's probably had the most fame for a football player since forever -- you probably can make that argument. 

"The interview, it is what it was. I had conversations with Odell about that, but he had some messages in there that I believe could've been taken the wrong way, in my opinion. But like I said, I truly believe that he's a great teammate."

To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.