Tiki Barber knows what it takes to get it done at the running back position in the NFL. After all, he is the Giants franchise leader in rushing yards.
The man looking to take over that spot at the top, Saquon Barkley, is as electric as they come at the position. But Barber sees a big flaw in his game -- one that he believes doesn't make him an "every-down back."
"I will say Saquon Barkley...he might not be an every-down back. He cannot pass protect," Barber said after watching the Giants lose to the Steelers on Monday Night Football. "It is starting to become glaring."
Now one might think a 6-foot, 234-pound back would have no trouble getting dirty in the trenches and blocking an incoming blitz. However, Barber is noticing that Barkley's form since he entered the league isn't the best in those situations, and he thinks he knows why.
"It's probably the only issue he had to deal with coming into the NFL because he wasn't asked to do it at Penn State," he explained. "You see him diving into the ground, not sticking his head into the chest. It's going to be a liability because people see it now. It's on tape and it's going to come out.
"If you watch him through the last couple of years, he doesn't want to block."
There were times on Monday night where the Steelers were sending extra bodies at Daniel Jones, and Barkley failed to pick up the blitz.
"I learned this early on in my career because I was a third-down back before I was a star running back," Barber said. "If you can't block, you can't be on the field on third down. You just can't because you know those are high-blitz and dog downs. Someone is coming from safety, so you have to recognize what defense is trying to do...
"He's a big back that wants to play small."
Barkley can do it all when the ball is in his hands, but Barber clearly wants to see better from him when it's not.