Mr. Jones, meet Mr. Barkley.
Mr. Barkley, meet Mr. Jones.
You guys will want one another.
Of course, Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are fairly acquainted with each other. After all, they’ve been teammates for the previous three years and they’re embarking on the 2022 season, if not on borrowed time, definitely with no time to lose. They are each coming into the ultimate yr of their contracts. The higher Jones does at quarterback, the better the possibility Barkley will return to his dynamic rookie kind. The higher Barkley runs and catches the ball at operating again, the extra free and simple Jones will really feel and carry out within the pocket.
“Not saying it’s stress for me to do that and do this,” Barkley mentioned Friday. “I do know what I could be. I do know what I’m able to doing. If I’m in a position to go on the market and do the issues that I’m able to doing, it’s going to make life rather a lot simpler — not solely on Daniel, however I really feel like on everybody.
“If all of us go on the market, if all of us go on the market and do what we’re able to doing, it’s going to make life simpler for each single certainly one of us. We simply obtained to return in each single day, proceed to get the playbook down and proceed to work. All the work that we put in will repay in a while.”
It is a brand-new offense for each gamers and, because the quarterback, it’s particularly difficult for Jones as he research and tries to soak up the nuances of the system delivered to the Giants by head coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka. They are going to wish time to make it work.
In the previous, Jones was principally a bystander within the preseason, however he may need to truly get on the sector and work with the beginning offense in no less than two of the three exhibition video games. There are solely so many alternatives for Jones to see what he can do in opposition to a dwell protection that’s sporting one thing apart from the Giants’ colours. One such event got here Friday night time in a scrimmage at MetLife Stadium as a part of the Fan Fest occasion. There would be the three preseason video games and the joint apply with the Jets. Live reps might be wanted for Jones to really feel ready for the Sept. 11 season opener at Tennessee.
“I’m excited for these alternatives,” Jones mentioned. “There’s rather a lot we have to proceed to work on and preserve making progress on. The preseason’s a chance to do this and a recreation scenario provides you a chance to organize for a recreation — clearly it’s not the identical degree of game-planning, however we’ll put together for that and exit and attempt to execute in a dwell scenario.”
It is unlikely Daboll will expose Barkley to an abundance of bodily contact. Any operating again must get hit a number of instances in the summertime, however Barkley is lastly wholesome now and Daboll talked about this week how explosive his No. 1 again appears to be like on the apply discipline.
“I do no matter coach asks me to do,” Barkley mentioned. “That’s simply the way you be a pacesetter and be a staff participant inside practices, inside preseason video games, inside joint practices. Just work in your craft. Get higher each single day, get the conditioning down, get your physique mentally and bodily prepared for a 17-game season.”
Jones has hardly ever taken the sector for a full recreation with the true Saquon Barkley. Jones’ first profession begin, Week 3 of 2019 at Tampa Bay, was the sport by which Barkley suffered a excessive ankle sprain within the first half. He missed the following three video games and was by no means proper even after he returned. The subsequent season, Barkley went down and out in Week 2 to a torn anterior cruciate ligament. In 2021, Barkley was simply rounding into kind by Week 5 when he stepped fallacious at Dallas, his ankle ballooned up and he missed the following 4 video games.
This summer season, Barkley is full wholesome in the end.
“Yeah, it’s been enjoyable to look at him work,” Jones mentioned. “Obviously, we’ve been coaching rather a lot collectively this offseason. How devoted he’s to creating positive he’s able to roll come this time of yr, I haven’t been shocked by how he’s appeared to begin camp. I’m excited to work with him. He brings rather a lot to our offense from clearly operating the ball and utilizing him in area to make performs. He’s an explosive participant, a wise participant and a man that works actually exhausting. From a quarterback’s perspective that’s at all times enjoyable to work with.”
The enjoyable Barkley has this season will profit Jones, and vice versa.