New York Giants fans who lament the decision not to draft Eli Manning's replacement in April have to take some solace when they see the types of plays Saquon Barkley made Thursday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.
On a second-and-10 from the Giants' 32, Manning threw a pass behind the line of scrimmage to Barkley. That much wasn't a surprise, considering Manning's deepest completion in the first quarter covered 2 air yards.
But what Barkley did after was amazing, breaking tackles on a 55-yard catch-and-run. He covered 90.9 yards, which were the most covered by a running back on a reception this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Thirty-four of the 55 yards came after contact.
But apropos of the Giants offense, New York couldn't convert the big play into a touchdown and settled for a field goal in the second quarter on their way to a 34-13 loss.
Barkley added a 50-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, showing his speed and explosiveness.
Barkley topped 100 scrimmage yards for the sixth straight game. Kareem Hunt was the only rookie who had more, with seven last season, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
But Barkley finished one receiving yard short of becoming the first Giants player ever to gain at least 100 yards rushing and receiving. He finished with 130 yards and a TD on 13 rushes and 99 receiving yards on nine catches.