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Saquon Barkley is excited to show what he can do against the Jaguars

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The New York Giants have a game on Sunday. Not a practice [url=http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/curtis-riley-jersey]Womens Curtis Riley Jersey[/url] , or a scrimmage, or even a preseason exhibition game, but a real, live regular season game. They will face the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team who accomplished the jump from 3-13 to double-digit wins and a playoff run in 2017 — the same jump the Giants want to make in 2018. This will also mark the first time running back Saquon Barkley, will take the field in a game sincethe first week of preseason. On being ready for Week 1Saquon Barkley hasn’t taken a game rep since about the final five minutes of the first quarter of the first preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. Barkley strained his hamstring the next week in practice and would miss the remainder of the preseason games. He did return to practice just before the Giants game against the New York Jets, but the question remains whether he is in “football shape” for the season opener.Barkley said in reply, “A lot of people talk about football shape, and just being in shape regular. They don’t mean like their physical contact part of it. Obviously, that’s part of it, too. I still was able to take the physical contact within practice. I just didn’t go down to the ground, I got a little bit of it within the Browns. But, I feel I’m in really good physical football shape, because in practice, doing a little extra stuff with Stew (Jonathan Stewart) on the sideline – running, conditioning there. I was running the whole time when I was out. That’s more like track speed conditioning shape. So, the first day when I got back, I was a little winded. ... But I definitely feel pretty good in the football shape right now.”“I definitely think I’m ready for a full load,” he added, with regards to week one against the Jaguars. “The way I’ve been preparing, the way I’ve been practicing. We got a whole bunch of great backs in our room. That’s going to help us in that area, too. I’m just excited for the game [url=http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/jon-halapio-jersey]Womens Jon Halapio Jersey[/url] , excited to get the season started.”The excitement among the team and the fanbase to see what Barkley can do was palpable before the game against the Cleveland Browns. Then Barkley took his very first carry as an NFL player 39 yards just like his many college highlights, and the excitement went to another level. Now, after not playing in three games, Barkley himelf is the one who is excited. “I’m excited to show the team because, obviously, I only got a little bit of playing time there,” Barkley said. “I was able to make some plays happen in practice. I got to still be aware that it’s a long season and you have to take it game-by-game, and day-by-day. I’m just trying to get as ready as I can for this game – mentally and physically, and try the best that I can do, and try to do whatever I can do for my team to help them come out with a win.”Would Barkley return kicks?The Giants tried a variety of players as kick returners during training camp and the prepreseason, including Hunter Sharp, Kalif Raymond, and Cody Latimer. Barkley got a look as well, and while the Giants might be loathe to put the second overall pick on kickoff returns. Fears of injury echo through the minds of both coaches and fans, butBarkley did it in college — and was a weapon. He wasn’t a frequent kickoff returner, but when Penn State needed a spark in Barkley’s junior year they would put him back to receiver kick-offs. Last year he returned 15 kicks for 426 yards and a pair of touchdowns. “I’ll be eager to definitely be in the mix of kickoff return,” Barkley said. “I did it in college. I was able to help my team out in college in that area. If they, or if I show that I’m capable of doing that for the Giants, why not? It’s definitely something I feel comfortable with, and I’m honestly willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win. If that’s the job they want me to do, I would love to do that.” Happy Saturday, and welcome to Week 10 of the 2018 college football season! The New York Giants are off this week [url=http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/b.j.-hill-jersey]http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/b.j.-hill-jersey[/url] , so we don’t have to look forward to an NFL game day with any trepidation. However, the reason for that trepidation, the 1-7 Giants’ play this year, gives us plenty of reason to pay attention to college football in advance of the 2019 NFL Draft. I have already put out my first mock draft of the 2019 draft season, and it will be the last one until after the underclassmen declare.Until then we have plenty of good games, and players to watch. So, let’s get to today’s slate of games!(6) Georgia at (11) KentuckyCBS - 3:30 p.m. We’ve mentioned Georgia before, and that’s because they have a whole mess of talented players. Quarterback Jake Fromm is probably the most interesting, especially if the Giants wind up punting their quarterback decision to the 2020 draft. Beyond Fromm, Georgia has a pair of defensive backs in CB Deandre Baker and S J.R. Reed who should interest a team that is starved for them. The Giants probably can’t afford to invest a premium draft pick in a receiver, but junior Riley Ridley could intrigue if he both declares and slips in the draft.On the Kentucky side of things, the first player to watch is linebacker/EDGE Josh Allen. Like the similarly named rookie quarterback, Allen is big, long, and athletic. He isn’t the most devastating edge rusher in the class, but he has greater fluidity in space than many pass rushers have. The Giants might also be interested in CB Derrick Baity. Baity has the length and ability in press coverage the Giants need for their defensive scheme, but he isn’t the most physical player, nor is he as ‘twitchy’ as you would like to see from a corner.Players to watchGeorgiaJake Fromm (QB)Riley Ridley (WR)Terry Godwin (WR)Deandre Baker (CB)J.R. Reed (S)D’Andre Walker (EDGE)Jonathan Ledbetter (EDGE)KentuckyJosh Allen (LB/EDGE)Derrick Baity (CB)Mike Edwards (S)Benny Snell (RB)Duke at MiamiESPN 2 - 7 p.m.We take a break from the ranked match-ups to check in on one that Giants fans should definitely be aware of. The future of the quarterback position is up in the air for the Giants, and Duke’s Daniel Jones could well be high on their radar. They have, after all, had a fair amount success with quarterbacks coached by David Cutcliffe in college. Jones has prototypical size and arm strength, athleticism [url=http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/riley-dixon-jersey]Womens Riley Dixon Jersey[/url] , as well as generally solid accuracy and placement. He is also improving with regards to the finer points of the position, such as movement in the pocket, processing speed, and reading defenses before the snap.Of course, there’s also the Miami Hurricanes. Despite not taking the expected step after their exciting 2017 campaign, they still have talent to interest scouts — particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Considering their ongoing issues at safety, Jaquan Johnson should be particularly interesting. Likewise, cornerback Michael Jackson (Odell Beckham Jr. might lobby for him to be drafted based on his name alone) should interest a Giants’ defense in need of big, long, athletic press corners. EDGE Joe Jackson has impressive upside as a long, lean, athletic edge defender, but he needs some development in the finer aspects of playing his position. On the offensive side of the ball, the Giants might also keep an eye on left tackle Tyree St. Lewis. Players to watchDukeDaniel Jones (QB)Joe Giles-Harris (LB)MiamiJaquan Johnson (S)Michael jackson (CB)Joe Jackson (EDGE)Tyree St. Lewis (OT)Travis Homer (RB)(1) Alabama at (4) LSUCBS - 8 p.m. This match-up gets circled on the calendar every year, and it turns out to be a great game almost that often. As you would expect from both these teams, this game is going to be stacked with future NFL players. This game could use a post all its own to take a look at every prospect in the detail he deserves. Instead I’m going to make a quick rundown of the top players who should interest the Giants this year. (Obviously, you should be watching QB Tua Tagovailoa for the same reasons as Jake Fromm in the Georgia game, but like Fromm, he won’t be draft eligible until 2020 at the earliest.)Players to watch *all of themAlabamaQuinnen Williams (DT)Jonah Williams (OT)Raekwon Davis (DL)Mack Wilson (LB)Deionte Thompson (S)LSUGreedy Williams (CB)Devin White (ILB)Rashard Lawrence (DT)Garrett Brumfield (OG)