New York Giants: Expect a better sophomore season from Saquon Barkley

New York Giants. Saquon Barkley (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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Leading the way

Big Blue has question marks at every position on this team except running back. The only constant this season, barring an injury, will be Barkley lining up in the offensive backfield (and maybe split wide as well). Barkley is a superstar who elevates everyone else he plays with. His determination, competitiveness and team-first mentality are a shining example to his teammates.

On top of Barkley entering his second season, this will be the second season together that two-thirds of this offensive line plays together. The Giants O-line was by far one of the worst in the league in 2018. But as the season went on the unit gelled and gradually showed improvement.

Right guard Will Hernandez, who is also entering his second season, showed vast improvement over the course of his rookie year. He made the 2018 NFL All-Rookie Team along with Barkley.

In addition to Hernandez’ development, the New York Giants also brought in left guard Kevin Zeitler in a trade with Cleveland for linebacker/edge rusher Olivier Vernon. Zeitler is one of the best guards in the league and will definitely upgrade the line for Barkley to storm through.

Hernandez spoke to about Zeitler’s presence and what the seven-year pro brings to the table.

"He’s been phenomenal, not only as a player but as a teacher, too. He’s taught a lot of young guys, including myself, a lot of technique. He was one of the top pass protectors in the league last year, so he definitely has a lot to offer and he’s passing it on to the young guys, myself also, and we’re really glad to have him."

Additionally, tackle Mike Remmers was signed from Minnesota to anchor the left side. He’ll join holdover right tackle Nate Solder and the winner of the Jon Halapio – Spencer Pulley battle for center on the Giants opening day starting five. Both Remmers and Solder were both recently medically cleared for the start of training camp.