The Player Giant has captured No. 2 overall in 2018, stuck in such a manner for the better part of two seasons; A superstar is covered by the reality of a roster overhaul that is taking too long. There have been moments of brilliance, sure. Rare moments when their personnel can provoke an opponent to give Barclay an ounce of space, they have to create havoc. But after the Giants’ season-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife is the fact: Barkley is a valuable asset, but a place that is unduly depreciating that just can’t facilitate its best.
This is called a pre-occupation. An overreaction that happens to cook slowly during the early season. But if the first few weeks of 2020 continue in a similar fashion, the Giants need to start contemplating a world where Barclay is heading and maximizing their comebacks, while another club to make the first round deal Ready, this is not completely outrageous concept.
Carrying fifteen for six yards against one of the best defensive lines in football is not a frightening moment in itself, but it is not an isolated issue. Carried eight yards against the Buccaneers last season. Carries thirteen for one yard against the Jets. In games in which Barclay was superb and statistically effective – 189 yards against Washington last year, 112 yards against the Dolphins, 170 yards against Washington during his rookie season – good for fantasy football players, But otherwise are meaningless. If the Giants have to wait for games in which they can bring their opponents to the fore to use Barclay the way they want, then we will see more of the same wild vaccination for demonstration. According to Pro Football Focus, on Monday night, the football giants for the Giants were first hit in the backfield by averaging one yard and a half.
The business of both Odell Beckham and Saquon Barclay would be a disastrous indictment for the Dave Gaeltman era and the timing of their master rebuilding. But would it be worse to keep these two players as mere museum attractions amid an otherwise holeless stretch of offense?
If Barclay is smart he will insist on a new deal before the start of next season, which is the last non-option year of his rogue contract. The Giants would find themselves in a similar position to what they had done with Beckham – sometimes weighing the benefits of a long-term treaty against existing deficiencies. In the former case, his acrimonious indecision made for an incredibly awkward series of events where the Giants signed Beckham, disposed of him and digested a huge amount of dead salary cap space.
In this case, they would weigh the possibility of sustaining Barclay longer and hope that, unlike most running backs, they would be able to legitimize a second blockbuster contract for a player who would physically perform per week Will be battered 15-25 times. During the 16-game season with a developing quarterback and offensive line next to him.
The judges who have come from many programs have won with a cadre of backs filling various roles. Of the three Super Bowl rosters Gettleman has been a part of recently (2007 and 11 Giants and 2015 Panthers), only one was a 1,000 yards rushing that was somewhat of an eccentric focus for the offense. Brandon Jacobs, in the fourth round out of Southern Illinois, assumed the mark in 2007 with nine yards.
We may have been further eliminated from the 2018 draft, with Gettleman feeling less of an outbreak to take a running back at No. 2, especially if the left tackle and quarterback he received in later years would be successful. But to sidestep that talent and show nothing for him cannot stop that negativity, especially when an active decision could have given him an opportunity to get out of that hole.