5 NY Giants who are most likely to earn Pro Bowl honors this season
3. RB Saquon Barkley
After a bounce-back season in 2022 in which he made his second career Pro Bowl, Saquon Barkley enters 2023 with a chip on his shoulder thanks in part to how poorly his contract negotiations have gone this offseason. Regardless, Barkley will be playing hard trying to earn the big-time paycheck he wants. This means we very well could get the best version of Barkley we've seen yet.
Last season, Barkley ran the ball 295 times for 1,312 yards and 10 touchdowns, making his second career Pro Bowl. Now, entering this year with a new-and-improved offensive line and pass game, the running lanes might be way more open for Barkley than they ever were before.
In previous seasons, teams would be able to stack the box against Barkley thanks to the Giants' weak pass game. Now, after acquiring some great pass-catchers this offseason, defenses likely won't be able to do this anymore. Not only will this have a drastic impact on Barkley's season, but it will be a massive boost to the Giants' offense overall.
Hopefully, with another successful season under his belt, Barkley and Joe Schoen can come together on a contract that will not only benefit him, but the team as well. All we know is that back-to-back Pro Bowls will make it hard to deny giving him his payday - who knows, maybe it could come this offseason before the July 17 deadline too.