How will Penn State’s Saquon Barkley do in the NFL? Insider with Jon Ritchie

How will Penn State’s Saquon Barkley do in the NFL? Insider with Jon Ritchie


Hey, I’m Jon Ritchie here at the sports radio
94 WIP studios, talking about Saquon Barkley. I have a very personal bias toward running
backs. I love watching them play, I appreciate what
they’re asked to do, and I think Saquon Barkley is remarkable. The way he’s playing now is speaking well
for where he will go in the NFL draft. If he continues at this clip, he’s going to
find himself a home in the first three picks of the draft. If he continues to show improvement through
the tough part of Penn State’s schedule, there’s a great chance that he could end up being
the No. 1 player picked overall. He’s playing so well that he is going to demand
that NFL teams sort of acknowledge the importance of the running back again. Zeke Elliot is a game-changing back who is
probably causing teams to reevaluate the importance of the position and I think Saquon Barkley
is every bit as talented as a ball-mover, as a receiver, probably not as good as a blocker. That’s the drawback to Saquon’s game, at this
point. He has a tendency to do what’s natural using
a defenders inertia against him. So if a guy’s coming with a full head of steam,
he’ll chop them, go low, take the legs and that allows defenders to sort of leap over
him, get back up if it’s a deeper five to seven step drop for McSorley. Meaning he’s not fully accomplishing his job,
which is protecting his quarterback. That’s something he can work on, he can work
on uncoiling on defenders, staying up high if he’s going to be good as a pass protecter
at the NFL level. But his ability to catch the ball, he is a
modern back. Great receiver, really solid route runner. Hasn’t been asked to do a lot of the downfield
route running that some of these NFL running backs have, like a David Johnson played wide
receiver in college. Saquon hasn’t been asked to do the deep comebacks
or post routes or deep outs, the double moves. He is going to be used very similarly to the
way Sean McVay is using Todd Gurley in Los Angeles with the Rams now. Running deeper routes than many backs are
asked to run because he has the speed, he has the skill. As a pure runner, his starting and stopping
is uncanny. He’s 230 pounds, but he can decelerate and
accelerate with the best of them. He sort of defies physics. I think if he continues to hone his game and
fully understand his blocking schemes as they evolve in front of him, he could develop a
style very similar to a Le’Veon Bell. The patience is almost odd to watch. It looks different than other backs, but it
works. I think Saquon Barkley has a real chance to
make an impact this season when Penn State’s schedule gets tough. If he shines in the second half of the year
like he has early against sub-par competition, the sky’s the limit for this guy. He could be the No. 1 pick in the draft. Subscribe to the YouTube channel, Penn State
on PennLive for more coverage.

5 comments on this post

    Dennis Williams

    The real question is, can he be productive behind the bad O line of the NYG?

    Reply

    amari baker

    I am sqaon Barkley

    Reply

    Pussy boy Vapes

    didn't really tell me how he'd do in the NFL, kinda just re affirmed that fact that i already know hes good.

    Reply

    Trump Boi

    Bell at best. Theo riddick at worst

    Reply

    Jacob Denise

    He's doing just fine.

    Reply

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