5 Plays the giants should immediately steal for saquon barkley – big blue view electricity storage handbook

Saquon Barkley is a New York Giant. The debate surrounding how that came to be may never end, but the Giants will head into the season with Barkley as the starting running back and most likely a significant portion of the offense catered to him.

While GM Dave Gettleman has continually stressed the importance of running the ball, Pat Shurmur has taken a little more modern view in what he looks for and values in a running back. When Shurmur discussed Barkley he focused not on the running aspect, but his ability to catch the ball. Below is the full quote from Shurmur when asked what Barkley can bring to the team.

“He is unique for me because he has quickness and he has speed. He can score touchdowns from any part of the field and he has a couple of things I am looking for. Number one, he can catch the football. That is first and foremost. He has great vision and then he has what we call in coaching ‘collision balance’. When he goes through the hole and someone tries to tackle him, he can keep his balance, but also when he is stepping up to try and block someone, he has a good set of lowers to drop his weight on him. We are going to nitpick him, I’m sure, at some point, but this is a guy that can do everything.’

This is good news for how the Giants will take advantage of their first-round pick’s skill set. The best backs in the league all make an impact in the passing game and the bigger the impact there, the bigger the impact they have on the game overall. If the head coach is stressing that as an important factor in scouting, it’s likely going to be a large piece of what happens on the field.

It’s often said the NFL is a copycat league. If something works for one team, it’s going to be taken and tweaked by another. With that in mind, here are five pass plays to the running back the Giants should immediately steal and put in their playbook for Barkley. Jet Sweep/RB Seam

On a third-and-5, Patriots running back James White starts this play lined up outside to the left of the formation (top of screen) then motions in to be stacked with wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Stacking receivers puts stress on the defenders who need to decide who and how to cover. You can see in the clip above the two New Orleans defenders are talking to each other after the motion until the ball is snapped. There might not be a defender in the league who wouldn’t be terrified by the sight of Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley lined up stacked on the outside.

Here at the snap, Cooks broke to the outside and up the field to carry the deep defender. White ran a whip route, which breaks in then changes direction back to the outside. The change in direction can give the receiver or running back easy separation while the defender also has to stop and change course. With the sideline cleared from Cooks’s route, White had an easy catch and turn up the sideline for a first down.

This could have been an even bigger play with a worse read from the single-high safety or if tight end Rob Gronkowski had a more free release up the seam instead of fighting through the contact of two different defenders up the seam. For the Giants, that could be Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard in the slot playing the Chris Hogan role, who ran a mirrored whip route on the other side of the field.