The very first thing that Saquon Barkley notices when the Giants play at house is the crowded tailgating events within the parking heaps.
“You are feeling the vitality driving to the sport and seeing how early everyone seems to be on the market,” Barkley informed The Submit. “These are the issues I visualized once I obtained drafted. All the good issues I heard about this place are beginning to come again. It’s on us, as gamers and coaches, to proceed to [create] that vitality inside this stadium. It was undoubtedly rocking the final two residence video games.”
Barkley was again on the 50-yard line of a quieter MetLife Stadium on Tuesday night time to welcome contest winners for the “Fansgiving on the 50” turkey dinner hosted by Courtyard by Marriott. Apart from household, there isn’t a doubt what the NFL’s main rusher is grateful for this season after two injury-plagued years.
“Well being,” Barkley stated with out hesitation, after the pounding related to a career-high 35 carries in a win in opposition to the Texans. “And superb teammates and coaches who introduced that positivity again to the power.”
Saquon Barkley hosted the first-ever Fansgiving dinner on the 50-yard line on the New York Giants residence subject. AP Photographs for Courtyard by Marriott
Barkley’s well being goes hand in hand with accounting for 36.5 p.c of the Giants’ yards from scrimmage whereas constructing an Offensive Participant of the 12 months case and sparking a 7-2 begin.
“You all the time really feel [sore] on Monday and Tuesday, however that’s the job,” he stated. “I’m going to do no matter it takes to assist my workforce win video games. I say, ‘Go be a professional,’ and I’ve lots of people inside and out of doors the power that assist me maintain my physique.”
The beforehand undefeated Eagles’ loss Monday moved the Giants to inside one sport of the NFC East lead and the No. 1 seed within the NFC playoffs coming into a go to Sunday from the Lions. A brief turnaround to a Thanksgiving sport on the Cowboys will interrupt the Barkley household traditions of a giant meal and enjoying video games.
The Giants had not been higher than 3-6 at this level in any of Barkley’s first 4 seasons, which drained the life from residence video games.
“Once you heard the boos, that’s simply because the followers wish to win,” Barkley stated. “Now, we’re 7-2 and in one of the best place we’ve been in, and November and December is when soccer actually begins. It’s the primary time in my profession that each sport has much more which means to it.”
It has posed a special — however welcome — problem.
“The sense of urgency, being 7-2 or 2-7, is a special feeling within the locker room as a result of you must hold looking for methods to enhance every day,” Barkley stated. “It’s more durable to keep up success than the rest you do.”