NY Giants Super Bowl winner is latest analyst to call out Saquon Barkley
Can people leave NY Giants running back Saquon Barkley alone for even a few hours? That doesn’t appear to be the case. Just recently, one unknown NFL coach called out the fifth-year running back, saying he doesn’t even know how to play the position. That was out of line and people couldn’t believe it.
Now, ESPN’s Chris Canty, who helped the NY Giants win a Super Bowl over the Patriots, hasn’t hesitated in blasting Barkley as well. Canty dropped his list of the five most overrated players in the NFL right now. He included Barkley on his list, along with four other big names.
NY Giants RB Saquon Barkley continues to get blasted by experts
Barkley is joined by Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dan Prescott, Los Angeles Chargers pass-rusher Khalil Mack and Chargers defensive back Derwin James. While we have no problem agreeing with Canty on some of the others, especially Prescott, Barkley being featured doesn’t make a ton of sense.
It’d be one thing if Barkley was coming off a Pro Bowl campaign, or one where he blew up for 14-15 touchdowns. However, the former Penn State standout and No. 2 overall pick really struggled last year and injuries once again prevented him from really taking off. The joke of an offensive line also prevented Saquon from being his old self.
Barkley has been mentioned in trade talks this offseason, including a stunning move to the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s not going to happen, though, as Barkley is ready to ball out for new head coach Brian Daboll. Barkley is expected to make plenty of plays both on the ground and through the air for Daniel Jones.
While people are talking up Barkley and pushing for him to have a bounce-back year, there’s also a lot of people who don’t think he’ll be able to take a big-time step in 2022. The fact that Canty thinks he’s overrated doesn’t fit things here. If anything, Barkley is entering the new campaign a bit underrated, as thousands of folks out there have written him off.
Thanks to a great offseason, a slimmer and shredded Barkley is ready to make a statement starting in Week 1. He’s going to be motivated to make all the people calling him out look foolish with some strong play. The list continues to grow and Canty, a former stud defensive tackle for the G-Men, clearly doesn’t have a ton of belief in him. We fully expect Barkley to prove him wrong.