New York Giants: 3 Bold Predictions for Week 1 vs. Jaguars


No. 2: Saquon Barkley Will Rush for Two Touchdowns

The Giants would love for their new running back to get off to a fast start in the NFL.

Barkley is one of the most talented backs I’ve ever seen come out of college. I remember seeing highlights of his when he was a freshman at Penn State, and I knew he was going to be special. The sky is the limit with Barkley. With his work ethic and talent, we could be seeing the next elite runner in the league.

At Penn State, Barkley did it all. I mean, literally. Just last season, he rushed for 1,271 yards on 217 carries (5.9 yards per carry) and 18 touchdowns. In the passing game, he had 54 receptions for 632 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw for a touchdown. Plus, he returned kicks, where he added on two more touchdowns.

This guy had to haveĀ been tired during games last year with all he was asked to do.

The NFL is vastly different from college football, though. The game is faster, guys are bigger and more talented. It remains to be seen how Barkley will adjust to the NFL. With his skill set, I don’t think it will take him long to make his mark on the league. That can begin in Week 1 against the Jaguars.

Defensive tackleĀ Calais Campbell and Co. will have something to say it about it, though.

The Jaguars defense allowed just nine rushing touchdowns all of last season (sixth in NFL). Every running back that faced the Jaguars failed to score more than once, some not scoring at all.

Scoring a rushing touchdown against the Jaguars could prove to be a daunting task. But with the addition of Barkley for the Giants, it becomes a little easier to accomplish.