New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley has enjoyed a great start to his NFL career but he insists he is eager to push himself more and become an even better version of himself. Barkley, the second overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft, won the 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award and became the first Giants player in the team's history to rush for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons.
"That's something that you have to try to improve on every year," Barkley said on a post-practice Zoom call, per the team's website. "Try to be a better version of yourself, try to improve on your game.
It's the little things that you do in the offseason. It's the stuff that you focus on. The details in cutting, the details in watching film, of watching other people on film and trying to expand your game. "The way I feel I can be a better Saquon Barkley, I guess you could say, is by coming here every single day, coming to work and trying to continue to earn the respect of my teammates.
Continuing to try to push myself and push my teammates. At the end of the day, it's all about the team. That's the mindset we need to have in order to go out there and have a successful season."
Giants coach Joe Judge thrilled to work with Barkley
Barkley is the biggest name on the Giants roster but his coach Judge says the running back is down to earth and he is always willing to listen and learn new things.
"I think the most pleasing thing about Saquon so far is how eager he is to be coached and how he is always looking for a better way of doing something," Judge said. "I think our roster as a whole has been very receptive to different coaching points, buying into what we're doing and that's been very impressive.
I love the way he works on the field. He comes out every day with a purpose and that's important. You can see what he's working on specifically not only from our own install standpoint but personally based on what may have happened in a previous practice.
Or a technique or fundamental that he has to improve on himself. He has a unique skill set and he is going to give himself an opportunity to maximize that by the way he's working right now." Coach Judge was hired this offseason and Barkley will certainly be the focal point of the team's offense this upcoming season.