Saquon Barkley isn’t sure where he will be playing next season, but he was quick to point out that he has “a lot left in the tank” and wants to continue the pursuit of his career goals – including winning “some” Super Bowls.
The running back, who has spent the first six years of his career with Big Blue, recently discussed a wide range of topics, including his Giants legacy, with USA TODAY Sports’ Mackenzie Salmon.
Barkley indicated his return to the team is “out of my control,” but also mentioned that the key thing he wants to be remembered for is his positive activities in the local community.
The two-time Pro Bowler and second overall pick in the 2018 draft was also sure to thank the Mara and Tisch families, as well as the fans.
Mackenzie asked Barkley to reflect on a few of the biggest storylines from the season – specifically, the disappointing record, whether Daniel Jones can rebound from injury, and the future of arguably the biggest highlight of the year, Tommy DeVito.
While the G-Men posted a sub-par 6-11 record, Barkley praised the fact they stayed together through the toughest times of the year.
He also feels that success wasn’t too far off for the 2023 team.
“The reality of it is, (there were just) about five to eight plays that we left out there on the football field that really could have changed the season,” said Barkley. “The year prior, we made those plays and that’s why we were able to make the playoffs.”
After signing a huge contract, the Giants expected a huge season from QB Daniel Jones. He got injured, but Barkley thinks “he’s gonna be straight.”
Jones’ replacement was Tommy DeVito, who suddenly attained cult status.
“I love the story,” said Barkley reflecting on the signal caller who threw for eight touchdowns with just three interceptions.
“He’s got the swagger,” said Barkley. “He’s definitely a starting quarterback in this league.”
Hear Mackenzie’s full interview with Saquon Barkley in the video above.