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Saquon Barkley Opens Up On Bleacher Report’s ‘Take It There With Taylor Rooks’

Saquon Barkley sat down with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks in Los Angeles to discuss everything from his quads to being (no surprise here) too unselfish.

Coming off a rookie season in which he ran for 1,307 yards and scored 11 touchdowns for the New York Giants, the Penn State legend has plenty of reason to be cocky. But Rooks struggled to get him to say too many good things about himself.

Rooks brought up a video of Barkley at the 2019 Pro Bowl, where he was asked to make his case for Rookie of the Year, but was hesitant to give himself too much praise without crediting other rookies like Baker Mayfield.

“I don’t need to express myself or go on a Twitter rant or go on a rant on ESPN and tell people why I should win Rookie of the Year because I did this or I did that,” Barkley said. “I don’t need to do that. And if I did, that wasn’t going to help me win or lose anyway.”

Despite Barkley’s spectacular year, the New York Giants had a less-than-stellar 2018 season. The team posted a 5-11 record, its fifth sub-.500 record in the past six seasons, and now seems to be in a rebuilding phase at every position besides running back.

One of New York’s biggest issues stands at the quarterback position. Eli Manning has been sub-par over the past few seasons and it seems that the franchise is poised to draft their young arm of the future, but Rooks made sure to get Barkley’s opinion on his quarterback.

“[The criticism] bothers me, I’m not going to lie, because it’s not his fault,” Barkley said. “We lost seven or eight games this year by seven points or less as a team. We love to put the blame on one person, but in football it takes 11 men.”

Veteran running back Jonathan Stewart, who’s currently a free agent after spending last season with the Giants, made headlines when he said Barkley has the chance to be the best running back to ever play. After a little bit of deflecting, Rooks finally got Barkley to give her an honest answer on whether or not he thought Stewart was right.

“Yes. I believe so,” Barkley said. “I believe that I can be the best running back to ever play the game.”

The interview had a few other lighthearted moments, including when the Nittany Lion mentioned he loved some good ol’ fashioned Connect Four. When Bleacher Report heard that, they set up a huge board for he and Rooks to play each other throughout the interview. Barkley had his nearly one-year-old daughter Jada in his arms while he did his best to outwit his interviewer.

You can see the full interview below.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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