Initial Madden Screenshots Of Saquon Barkley Released, James Franklin Is Not Impressed
After three years of flashing video game moves with plenty of joystick toggles and Y-button hurdles, Saquon Barkley will finally appear in one when Madden 19 is released this summer. The initial screenshots of the game however did little justice to the New York Giants’ first round pick.
The image shows Barkley cutting through the New York Jets’ defensive line, which is a pretty likely prediction of what the two stadium-mates’ preseason game will look like in August, if Barkley even suits up for it. However, the image’s accuracy ends with the opponent’s inability to catch Barkley.
James Franklin was quick to point out that Barkley is running with an uncharacteristically vulnerable grip. In his three years at Penn State, Barkley, a sure-handed back, fumbled the ball only four times.
What’s more, Franklin, as he always does, didn’t hold back and candidly said what everyone else was thinking.
“It’s fake because of those scrawny calves.”
Barkley is shown with little chicken legs holding up his meaty thighs and the rest of his 232-pound frame.
Images of Barkley golfing recently showed how big his real life legs actually are after months of training for the NFL Draft Combine and for the next level.
Although we’ve always known just how massive Barkley’s legs are, I for one can personally confirm Franklin’s dissatisfaction with the portrayal of Barkley running with the ball. I consider myself as much of an expert on Barkley’s ball security skills as Josey Jewell is on his elusive, juking ability and TJ Watt is on his tendency to cook linebackers on wheel routes.
I won’t go into detail, but let’s just say you shouldn’t try to punch the ball out of a Heisman candidate’s hands at the Mifflin Streak while yelling “Ball security!” no matter how much your human resources strategic partner tries to convince you.