The New York Giants either made an inspired choice or monumental blunder by selecting running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in April’s draft.
The decision came down to how the team felt about 37-year-old quarterback Eli Manning, and new head coach Pat Shurmur is fully invested in the two-time Super Bowl-winning signal-caller. wholesale nfl jerseys
“No, I didn’t see the age,” Shurmur said after reviewing Manning’s 2017 performance, per Breer. “There’s no substitute for experience, and he’s got it. So no, the age doesn’t bother me.”
Manning’s numbers say otherwise. The aging quarterback hit four-year lows in completion percentage, passing yards, yards per attempt, touchdowns and quarterback rating. But Shurmur stated his signal-caller’s case:nfl jerseys wholesale
“When you have a quarterback that’s won as much as Eli, that played through a year like last year, the way to get him back to where he needs to be, we need to block them better, and then the best friend for the quarterback is the running back, where you turn around, hand the ball off and gain yards. It all goes hand in hand. Play action’s way more believable.”
The Minnesota Vikings’ 501 carries ranked second-last season with Shurmur calling the play. Barkley can expect a heavy load to help Manning.nfl jerseys china