Giants’ Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley need each other this season

Mr Jones, meet Mr Barkley.

Mr Barkley, meet Mr Jones.

you will need each other.

Of course, Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley know each other quite well. After all, they’ve been teammates for three years and they’re starting the 2022 season, albeit not on loan time, but certainly with no time to lose. Both are in their last year of contract. The better Jones performs as a quarterback, the greater the chance Barkley will return to his dynamic rookie form. The better Barkley runs and catches the ball running back, the freer and lighter Jones feels and plays in the pocket.

“I’m not saying it’s pressure for me to do this and that,” Barkley said Friday. “I know what I can be. i know what i can do If I’m able to go out there and do the things that I’m able to do, it’s going to make life a lot easier – not just for Daniel, but I feel like it’s for everyone.

“If we all get out there, if we all get out there and do what we’re capable of, it’s going to make life easier for every single one of us. We just have to come in every day, download the playbook and keep working. All the work we put into it will pay off later.”

Daniel Jones, right, will depend on Saquon Barkley
Daniel Jones, right, will depend on Saquon Barkley and vice versa.
Corey Sipkin for the NY POST

It’s a brand-new offense for both players, and a special challenge for Jones as quarterback as he studies and tries to absorb the nuances of the system that head coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka brought to the Giants. You will need time for it to work.

Historically, Jones has been mostly a spectator in preseason, but he may need to actually take the field and work with the starting offense in at least two of the three exhibition games. There are limited opportunities for Jones to see what he can do against a live defense wearing anything other than the Giants’ colors. One such opportunity came on Friday night in a scramble at MetLife Stadium as part of the Fan Fest event, which was attended by approximately 26,000 spectators. There will be three preseason games and training with the Jets. Live representatives are needed to help Jones feel prepared for the September 11 season opener in Tennessee.

Daniel Jones (right) and Saquon Barkley speak at Giants training camp.
Daniel Jones (right) and Saquon Barkley speak at Giants training camp.
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“I look forward to these opportunities,” Jones said. “There is a lot that we need to keep working on and making progress on. Preseason is an opportunity for that, and a game situation gives you an opportunity to prepare for a game – of course it’s not the same level of game planning, but we’ll prepare for that and try to implement it in a live situation. ”

Daboll is unlikely to expose Barkley to an abundance of physical contact. Every running back needs a few hits over the summer, but Barkley is finally healthy now and Daboll mentioned this week how explosive his No. 1 back looks on the practice field.

“I do whatever the coach asks me to do,” Barkley said. “That’s how you’re a leader and a team player in training, in pre-season games, in training together. Just work on your craft. Get better every day, build condition, mentally and physically prepare your body for a 17-game season.”

Jones rarely took the field for a full game with the real Saquon Barkley. Jones’ first career start, Week 3 of 2019 at Tampa Bay, was the game Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain in the first half. He missed the next three games and was never right even after his return. The next season, in Week 2, Barkley was pacing with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. In 2021, Barkley was just on form in Week 5 when he made a mistake at Dallas, exploding his ankle and missing the next four games.

Barkley is finally back to full health this summer.

“Yeah, it was fun watching him work,” Jones said. “Obviously we’ve been training a lot together this off-season. As dedicated as he is to making sure he’s ready to roll this time of year, I wasn’t surprised by how he looked to start camp. I look forward to working with him. He brings a lot to our offense, obviously letting the ball run and using it in space to make plays. He’s an explosive player, a smart player and a really hard working guy. It’s always fun to work with from a quarterback perspective.”

Any fun Barkley is having this season will benefit Jones and vice versa.

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