EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 12: Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants looks on during the game against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium on September 12, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Good morning, Sports fans! Davey Mac here with a Tuesday Sports Report for ya! A little baseball and basketball talk…but first! Breaking news out of the NFL!
The New York Giants and superstar running back Saquon Barkley did NOT come to an agreement on the franchise tag yesterday and now, as a result, the Giants have to sit back and hope Barkley signs the franchise tag at some point and plays this season.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – SEPTEMBER 11: Running back Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants celebrates after his team’s 21-20 victory against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Second year General Manager Joe Schoen better know what he’s doing. The Giants were noticeably weak without Saquon in the lineup last year. But with #26 carrying the ball…the Giants were a playoff team.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MAR 01: Joe Schoen, general manager of the New York Giants speaks to reporters during the NFL Draft Combine at the Indiana Convention Center on March 1, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Quarterback Daniel Jones improved a lot last year…and had his best NFL season of his career. But it goes without saying that Jones was significantly better on the field when he had Saquon backing him up.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 02: Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants celebrates his touchdown with Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants in the first half of the game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium on October 02, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
And head coach Brian Daboll knows how electric Saquon is. Daboll utilized Saquon more as a dynamic duel threat…able to run and catch out of the backfield and make huge plays happen either by running or receiving the ball.
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – JANUARY 21: Head coach Brian Daboll of the New York Giants takes the field prior to a game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Hopefully the Giants and Saquon come to agreement before this gets into too much of an ugly, holdout situation. Giants fans are certainly wishing for that! I’m Davey Mac…that’s my two cents!
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – DECEMBER 15: Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants celebrates his touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on December 15, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 31-13. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)