New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is optimistic that better days are ahead of one of the the most popular NFL franchises as he claims a positive change inside the team can already be felt. The Giants made a big change last year when they replaced their legend Eli Manning as the team's starting quarterback but that wasn't all as the team also split ways with coach Pat Shurmur after the season ended.
Shurmur had two years left on the contract after taking over for coach Ben McAdoo, who also had a short stint with the Giants. The Giants brought in coach Joe Judge this offseason to change the culture inside the team and hopefully help the team get back to the top echelon of the league.
Barkley, the second overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft, missed three games last season due to an injury but still topped the 1,000 rushing yards mark. Barkley has now rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two season in the NFL and he is considered as the best running back in the league.
Barkley shows belief in the coaching staff
"What tells me this could be different, one, it’s a brand-new year. It’s a fresh start,” Barkley said, per Pro Football Talk. “From what I have seen in these first couple of days is we are steps ahead, in my opinion.
We are coming in, we’re locked in. Are mistakes being made, yes, that’s part of the nature of learning a system and learning a new offense. We have what I believe is really great coaching staff starting with Coach Judge to Coach Garrett and so on down the line.
They are doing a tremendous job of having us focusing on the little things and focused on situational football, which I think is a part of our game we can improve on from this year to last year”. Per Pro Football Talk, the Giants are considering signing cornerback Ross Cockrell to help fill the void at the position.
The Giants are reportedly planning to sign Cockrell to their active roster and give the cornerback another shot with the team. Cockrell played for the Giants in 2017, before he spent the last two season with the Carolina Panthers.
The Giants, who finished the last season with a 4-12 record, will certainly be aiming to have a better season this year and Barkley is the key to any potential success of the team.