Saquon Barkley: Giants star issued TROUBLING warning over Eli Manning

This is the view of former American football tight end and current Fox Sports pundit Shannon Sharpe.

Sharpe predicted that because of how Manning is performing, Barkley can expect around 400 touches this year.

Last season Barkley had 261 carries for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns.

And the 22-year-old also had 91 receptions for 721 yards and four touchdowns.

Sharpe believes Giants general manager Dave Gettleman and the hierarchy at the organisation have been trying and failing to recreate their Super Bowl win in 2012.

“[Gettleman] and the Giants management realise what Eli is, they keep trying to recreate the two magical playoff runs,” Sharpe said on Fox Sports TV show Undisputed.

“Now it has been a decade, since Eli had that magical playoff run.

“Since then they have yet to win the division, since then they have yet to win a playoff game.

“But I am supposed to believe that after watching him over the last eight, nine years, he is going to recreate his magic.

“David Gettleman you are full of cockeye, if you believe Eli Manning is going to take you where you need to go.”

Manning will be starting his 16th season in the NFL this year for the Giants, but Sharpe doesn’t believe the quarterback is going to lead New York to the post-season.

“If I am Saquon Barkley, I am looking at him twisted,” Sharpe said.

“Because guess what that means, they are about to put 400 touches on this young man.

“He had what, 80 catches last year? Oh he is gonna get 100. Along with 300-plus carries.

“That is all they got.”

Last season the Giants lost their last three games to finish bottom of the NFC East with a 5-11 record.

“Eli Manning is not going to take you anywhere,” Sharpe added.

“Because why hasn’t he in the last nine years?

“This is what we do know for fact. Not conjecture, not innuendo, not speculation.

“Since Eli Manning last won a playoff game, which was the Super Bowl, two head coaches and a general manager have lost their job, that’s fact.

“Now Dave Gettleman, you can come up here all you want to and talk about Eli is not overpaid, we got a plan, it’s an offer we can’t refuse. But Eli Manning cost two head coaches and a general manager their job.

“And guess what, keep playing him and he’ll cost you yours too.”

source: express.co.uk