Shortly after the clock expired at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson went to midfield. He was looking for his New York Giants counterpart, Saquon Barkley.
Barkley was essentially ineffective on the ground in the 20-13 loss to the Redskins, running for just 38 yards on 13 carries, but did have 73 yards off nine receptions.
Even though it wasn’t his best game, and the Giants are struggling again this season, Barkley has drawn significant attention throughout the league — and rightfully so. He’s racked up 519 yards on the ground on 111 carries so far this year, the seventh-most among running backs in the NFL, and scored seven total touchdowns.
Peterson, who ran for 149 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown against the Giants, is among those who have taken notice.
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The two officially met for the first time at midfield on Sunday. Peterson — who has been in the league for 12 seasons and racked up countless accolades that will surely land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday — had some solid advice for Barkley before they swapped jerseys.
“I love what you’re doing, man,” Peterson told Barkley. “I’ve been able to watch you so far, and you’ve got it man. You’ve got it. The sky is the limit for you, man. The sky is the limit. I really love your talent, man. It’s remarkable to see. Stay focused, keep grinding. Obviously you know about work ethic, I’ve been watching you since college. Just continue to do that. You’re competing every single day to be the best. Respect to who was there, but you’re competing to be the best. You do that, you’ll accomplish it.”
Even though it likely won’t be the best season for Barkley, given the situation he was dealt in New York, Peterson sees a bright future ahead for the former Penn State standout.
And if you can impress Peterson after just half of a season in the NFL, you have to be doing something right.
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