New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is holding out due to not getting the contract extension that he wants. Him and two other top NFL running backs, Tony Pollard and Josh Jacobs, have been franchised tagged but are looking for bigger deals.
There is no doubt that the Giants need Saquon on this team as they are primarily a running team and he made up a significant portion of their offense last season when they made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The Giants are not budging though and even made a move to get a backup for him just in case he does sit out some games, or even all of the games this upcoming season.
The New York Giants signed James Robinson, who took the league by storm three years ago as a rookie in Jacksonville. Robinson is a capable NFL starter and showed that when he ran for over 1,000 yards as a rookie in 14 games. The next year he scored eight touchdowns and improved his yards per carry to a high and impressive 4.7 yard average.
Robinson is good but he is no Saquon Barkley. The NFL trend right now is for teams to have a do-it-all running back like Robinson who is average at everything and that is seen as enough to still have an elite offense. If Saquon sits out some games I guess we will see if that is true.
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