The Giants' offense is built around Saquon Barkley's skills, and putting up numbers like Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey did last season (more than 1,000 yards rushing and receiving) or making a run at Chris Johnson's single-season yards from scrimmage record (2,509) seems plausible.
"Certainly, he'll be a big part of what we're doing going forward," OC Jason Garrett said.
The story said Garrett's history shows he is more than willing to lean on a star running back, as nobody averaged more carries per game (20.9) over the past four seasons than Ezekiel Elliott did under Garrett with the Dallas Cowboys. Elliott even finished second among running backs with 431 routes run last season. The story went on to say the passing game is where Barkley could make significant gains. Watching him run routes at practice, the mismatches are obvious. His routes are crisper than ever. His explosiveness has returned.
The Giants haven't been able to get the run game going consistently, and even more problematic, Saquon Barkley is becoming less of a factor in the pass game.
Barkley had two receptions for 1 yard on Sunday to go along with 59 yards on 17 carries (3.5 yards per carry). The struggles continue, even though he told ESPN he felt better afterward than he had following a game in quite some time. Barkley has failed to top 100 total yards in four of five games since returning from a high ankle sprain suffered in late September. This was the concern in the summer for potential Barkley owners - that defenses would be able to shut down the second year back without a lot of other threats on offense.