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Giants' Saquon Barkley Teases Critics Over His Running Style: 'All-Pro With Clickers'

Saquon Barkley didn't dance around nerve-wracking criticism. 

The Giants star on Thursday hit back at those who say he spends a lot of time and effort moving laterally in the backfield and risking negative plays. was answering a post-practice question about whether he was making more coordinated efforts to run North and South. I don't know if he's there. He's dancing there," Barkley said. We call them All-Pros with clickers.” 

Before training camp began, an anonymous veteran NFL offensive coach told ESPN about Barkley: Told. Enough. he's a bouncer He wants every run to be a home run.” Since then, Barkley has looked like his former self, 22 months after major knee surgery and 10 months after a sprained ankle last season. Now that he's had surgery for, he's on an explosive run. 

Another big difference is that Barkley says it's too incontrovertible? It looks like they finally built a line of attack that could be pierced so they wouldn't be attacked. 

"This is probably the last time I talk about this. I know people like to say 'dancing'... 'He doesn't go North and South.'" Berkeley said. "But I'm not going to run into Lineman's back. That's not how I play the game. That's not how I've been playing since I was eight." 

Giants head coach Brian Dabor recently said Barkley "hit the ball downhill but didn't dance" in one series during the preseason opener against the Patriots. }. But Barkley explained that Davor's definition is different from the knocks that have followed him since the 2018 NFL Draft. I'm talking about my physical ability to trust myself and go downhill," Barkley said. "People who aren't specifically coaches are trying to use it as an example of me dancing. Dancing is what you do in high school football or Little League football, running like this or running like that." It is not part of my thought process.” 

Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) runs the ball during practice Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, the at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J.
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Barkley had the eighth-most scrimmage per carry among NFL running backs last season, according to NextGenStats.He averaged just 1.9 yards before contact. 

"If I was running in the day and someone ran away and hit me in the face, I wouldn't run at him," Berkley said. "I'll try my best to get back to the line of scrimmage. It's part of my technique and my game." Acknowledged to be part of the message. 

"The running back is a difficult position, but it's easy to watch a movie and stop the clicker and say, 'He should have made that cut,'" Barkley said. rice field. “It takes a lot to square your shoulders and create that cut — a lot that influences your vision. But coaches have emphasized team running style and team mentality. I'm going to do whatever the director wants me to do."