It took exactly one handoff, the first play from scrimmage, for Saquon Barkley to bring New York to its feet and imagine the giant possibilities.
It took exactly one handoff, the first play from scrimmage, for Saquon Barkley to show you all the moves — the patience, the vision, the sweet feet, the now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t shake-and-bake, the quickness a 233-pounder isn’t supposed to possess, the burst and explosion through the hole, the breakaway speed around the corner.
Thirty-nine yards later, Damarious Randall shoved Barkley out of bounds.
Welcome to the NFL, Saquon Barkley.
“It was a nice start,” John Mara told The Post. “It’s kinda what we expected.”
I asked Barkley what he liked best about his run, and he said: “The patience. Everyone’s talking about the speed’s different in the NFL and still be able to see that you’ve got that burst, you can get through that line of scrimmage like that and create space. Just got to find a way to even gain more yards on that play. Every time I touch the ball I think I should have scored, that’s just my mindset.”
On a night when the Giants would lose 20-10 to the Browns, even his 3-yard runs were exciting. Barkley played two series — five carries for 43 yards and no targets from Eli Manning in the passing game, where he will make a huge impact.
“Just a run, you know?” Manning said, and smiled. “Let’s not go berserk yet, all right?”