Tracy Morgan Takes Shot at Giants’ Saquon Barkley at ESPY Awards



Saquon Barkley made the Professional Bowl as a rookie.

Tracy Morgan obtained blended evaluations on his efficiency Wednesday night time as host of the ESPY Awards, with many taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations over his compelled stand-up comedy routine. Honestly, he most likely had extra misses than hits. However the shade Morgan threw at Saquon Barkley was treasured.

Barkley, who received an ESPY Award for Greatest Breakthrough Athlete, was having fun with a front-row seat when Morgan saddled up subsequent to him and informed him he was in for a protracted season.

“I heard you may deadlift 600 kilos,” Morgan joked. “That’s good since you’re going to have to hold the Giants this yr.”

The second-year operating again laughed and took the jab in stride. It was mentioned in jest, however it rings true. The Giants are coming off a 5-11 season and never a lot is anticipated of them in 2019. New York brings again an over-the-hill quarterback in Eli Manning and a porous offensive line, not an encouraging sight for the reigning rookie of the yr. Barkley thanked the Giants group for taking an opportunity on him.

“I wish to give congratulations to all the nominees. I respect all of you guys. You guys are all super athletes,” Barkley mentioned in his acceptance speech, by way of SNY TV. “I wish to say thanks to the Giants group for drafting me and taking an opportunity on me. I wouldn’t be capable of play the game I like with out you guys, additionally.”

Barkley nonetheless racked up 1,307 dashing yards and 11 touchdowns final season, together with 721 receiving yards and 4 scores by the air. He’s a stud, a generational expertise who has been getting good odds to win NFL MVP. Barkley thanked the Giants group for taking an opportunity on him.

Barkley Mentored Miles Sanders at Penn State

The Giants star was the starter at Penn State for 3 seasons earlier than giving approach to Miles Sanders within the backfield. The Eagles rookie stepped proper in and rushed for 1,274 yards and 9 touchdowns in his solely yr because the characteristic again. Philadelphia chosen Sanders with the 53rd general choose within the second spherical of the draft, with visions of Barkley dancing round Eagles followers’ heads.

Whereas Barkley might be taking pictures for MVP, his former backup might be operating for Rookie of the Yr. Their faculty coach, James Franklin, stopped by Eagles minicamp earlier this summer time and make clear the 2’s relationship.

“I bear in mind Saquon, form of on a regular basis wanting over his shoulder and saying to me ‘this man’s received an opportunity to be particular’, so we’ve been blessed and lucky to work with him [Sanders], however we knew very early on that he had super upside, super potential, and his work ethic demeanor and drive is what units him aside,” Franklin informed Fran Duffy, by way of Fansided.

Sanders will mix with Jordan Howard within the Eagles’ backfield to kind what individuals hope is a formidable dashing duo. Sanders has been nursing a lingering hamstring situation and missed OTAs and necessary minicamp, however he informed NFL Community he’ll be prepared for coaching camp.

“No one is basically going to be the beginning operating again,” Sanders mentioned, by way of”I feel the ball’s going to be unfold out quite a bit, and that’s what I form of like, too — simply all people getting a contact within the sport after which simply affecting the sport in any kind of method. I’m prepared to do no matter it takes to assist the group win.”