New Giants RB Devin Singletary isn't worried about the 'shadow' of Saquon Barkley

The new Big Blue RB is ready to do his thing in East Rutherford.
New York Giants OTA Offseason Workouts
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Ever since Devin Singletary agreed to terms with the NY Giants on the first day of free agency, people have dubbed him as the Saquon Barkley replacement. With Singletary also donning No. 26, it makes those claims that much easier.

Barkley was a two-time Pro Bowler and when healthy, he was easily one of the best running backs in the game. He's now in Philly, though, and Singletary is the new RBs leader in East Rutherford. Singletary knows there will be comparisons to Barkley, but while speaking to the media at OTAs, he let it be known that's not a focus of his - nope, not at all.

Devin Singletary isn't focused on being a Saquon Barkley replacement for the Giants

"We’re not really worried about the shadow of Saquon or anything like that. We just have to go out there and ball out and win games, I think that’s our biggest focus heading into the season anyways."

Devin Singletary

There's been a lot of talk about Barkley in New Jersey of late, especially after Nick Sirianni's arrogance reached a new level. As most of you have seen by now, the Eagles head coach trolled Giants fans over signing NY's 'best player.'

Brian Daboll took the high road with his response, but this entire topic of conversation will be forgotten by the time training camp gets here. With mandatory minicamp around the corner too, Singletary and Co. are going to keep turning heads with some exciting play.

Malik Nabers has been leading the charge in that department, but Singletary will be ready to help people forget about Barkley too. In recent years, Singletary has proven to be a dependable RB and injuries haven't been an issue for him at all. After posting a career-high 898 yards, only time will tell if the veteran can be steady for the G-Men and Brian Daboll in 2024 and beyond.

Yes, losing Barkley, especially to the Eagles, was a big offseason loss for the Giants. However, Singletary is entering the new year with a fearless mentality and he's not going to let people comparing him to Barkley impact his mindset. That's of course great news for Daboll and the offense as a whole.