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Saquon Barkley needed one play to justify the hype

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.After banging and grinding for small gains much of the game Julian Love Buffalo Bills Jersey , the No. 2 overall draft pick wowed New York Giants' fans in his NFL debut with a spectacular 68-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown run in a 20-15 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.The Penn State product finished with a game-high 106 yards rushing, caught two passes for 22 yards and showed there was a good reason why he was the most-hyped rookie to join the franchise since Lawrence Taylor started a Hall of Fame career in 1981."That's why we drafted that young man," Giants coach Pat Shurmur said after the Jaguars spoiled his coaching debut with New York.Defensive end Calais Campbell, one of six Pro Bowlers on a Jaguars defense that was ranked No. 2 overall last season, was impressed with Barkley after the first few plays of the game, a run for zero and another for minus-3."The first run and the first couple of times I tackled him, I said, this kid has something," Campbell said. "Obviously, you see it on tape, but we didn't get to watch a lot of tape on him. It's his college tape. Coming into the NFL against a team like ours, and making some of the plays he made, that kid's going to be special."Campbell said he traded jerseys with Barkley after the game."I was like, "OK, if he can stay healthy, he might one day be a Hall of Famer," Campbell said.The touchdown run was impressive. Barkley took a handoff from Eli Manning inside, cut it to the outside Authentic Christopher Slayton Jersey , stepped out of a tackle attempt and ran down the right sideline, getting a great block from receiver Sterling Shepard."It was amazing; it was a great feeling, but it was a feeling that came and went," Barkley said. "One touchdown is not going to win the game, and that touchdown didn't win the game this week, but to get in there, it was a dream come true to find the end zone. I did keep the ball, but it was just like 'Move on, next play,' and find a way to get in there again."For most of the game, the Jaguars held Barkley in check . Eleven of his 18 carries were for 3 yards or less."Yeah, obviously, you wish that they were all 75- and 80-yard runs, but it wasn't like that in college and I didn't expect it to be like that in the NFL," the 21-year-old said. "You have to take what they give you. It's kind of like playing chess: When you get your opportunity, you have to execute."Barkley said there was one play where he realized that NFL is going to be a lot different than college. He made a player miss on a run, broke outside and was tackled by free safety Tashaun Gipson Sr."In college, that was a touchdown," Barkley said. "It was a great play by him."It just reminded Barkley that big plays are special."Today Christopher Slayton Jersey Boys , we didn't pop one until like the fourth quarter or end of the third, so you just have to continue to stay with it," he said. "That's what I kept saying, the offensive line and also to just stay with it, something is going to pop, and when they give us that chance, we have to make them pay for it."BBV Mailbag: 0-2 start by Giants raises lots of questions The New York Giants 0-2 start has raised a ton of questions. Letís open up the Big Blue View mailbag and try to answer some of them.Ed says: Well, itís not like Texas is a cross-country trip that would wear them out. OTAs, training camp, preseason is for the ďbondingĒ part of the deal. I know the Giants have lots of new faces, but as far as preparing for a game the Giants have everything they need at their facility in New Jersey. I would think they would practice better, rest better, be able to take care of injured players better if they are at home in their own facility.Ed says: The Giants targeted Beckham an extraordinary 15 times in their season-opening game. He was targeted nine times in Week 2, which is still a high number. They are making efforts to get him the ball, but you just canít get the ball down the field when the blocking wonít allow it. If and when the Giants are able to get defenses blocked with more consistency I think the playbook will open up and youíll see more creativity. If you canít block, that sort of limits your options.Ed says: The Giants have used that a little. Chad Wheeler played three snaps as a jumbo tight end in Week 1 video station. the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Giants used three tight ends on three snaps against the Dallas Cowboys and used Shane Smith as a fullback on four plays. Remember that when you put in an extra lineman you take away a potential pass receiver. Iím sure we will see it again, but itís not line Wheeler is a dominant player. I would suspect we see more of Simonson, and some packages with new fullback Elijhaa Penny.Ed says: If Janoris Jenkins can handle DeAndre Hopkins alone, and weíll see if he can Youth Eli Manning Jerseys , that would the ideal scenario. That would allow free safety Curtis Riley to shade toward Will Fuller, giving B.W. Webb some help there.Ed says: Neither Dalvin Tomlinson nor B.J. Hill has made a big impact with the pass rush, and that is pretty much what we expected the case would be. Tomlinson has one quarterback hurry in 40 pass-rushing snaps. Hill has been coming off the field in obvious passing situations. He has one hurry in just 16 pass-rushing snaps. Neither of those guys is going to make a big impact in the pass rush. They might push the pile and clean up if other guys flush the quarterback, but they wonít be leading the charge.Ed says: Itís not going to matter what they do if they canít get anyone blocked. Still, as Dan Pizzuta pointed out on Thursday, the Giants havenít been as creative or multiple on offense as we may have expected. I think, to be honest, thatís a function of the blocking issues and the idea there are part of the play book they havenít been able to get to yet because of the situations they have been in. Over time, I believe that will correct itself.Jon Gerstein asks: Rough start to this season but Iím trying to stay positive. Do you have any sense of if/when RJ McIntosh might be activated this year? Has he been practicing? We could definitely use the pass rush help. Ed says: McIntosh is on the reserve/non-football illness list. He has not been practicing. To my knowledge he hasnít participated in a single practice since he was drafted. I would think that at this point it would be highly unlikely that McIntosh, even if he were eventually cleared to return to football activities, could actually help the Giants this season. They started early May. Heís done nothing. The Giants Iím certain were aware of whatever medical condition has sidelined McIntosh, but could not have anticipated what has happened with him.PJ Caust asks:For someone like Sam Beal, does he spend the season attending all the meetings he normally would if he was healthy, so that he can at least mentally adjust to the pros, or does he spend the season recuperating at home?Ed says: Beal has been around the facility and has been spotted occasionally in the locker room. He is allowed to attend meetings, but cannot practice.

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