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Halfway Through The Season, Saquon Barkley Just Shy Of 1000/1000 Pace

Saquon Barkley’s NFL career has only just started, yet the former Nittany Lion could be set to have an all-time historical season.

Through eight games, Barkley has amassed 519 rushing yards along with 497 receiving yards. If Barkley can keep racking up yardage at his current pace, he would finish the season with 1,038 yards on the ground and 994 yards through the air.

That’s only six receiving yards away from making Barkley the third player in NFL history to gain both 1,000 receiving and rushing yards in a single season. The last player to join the 1,000/1,000 club was Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk in 1999.

Following New York’s bye week next week, Barkley and the Giants will face off against the 49ers, Buccaneers, Eagles, Bears, Redskins, Titans, Colts, and the Cowboys. Only the Cowboys and Titans are currently top ten in the NFL in yards against.

Barkley has routinely served as Eli Manning’s safety valve in the passing game. Poor blocking by New York’s offensive line has made throwing the football downfield nearly impossible for the Giants.

Since Eli Manning hasn’t been given the necessary time to allow his receivers to come free and let their routes develop, Barkley has quickly become Manning’s go-to target. Quick passes and dump-offs to Barkley have become staples in the Giants’ passing game.

Barkley has also been efficient in the running game, averaging 4.67 yards per carry so far this season.

Seeing Barkley tearing defenses apart is nothing new for Penn State fans, but few could’ve imagined the great start his NFL career is off to.

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Matthew Fox

Matt is a Senior from Lansdale Pennsylvania majoring in Broadcast Journalism. He loves sports, and is still patiently waiting for the Philadelphia Flyers to win a Stanley Cup. If you would ever like to reach out to Matt you can email him at matthewfox@onwardstate.com.

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