MIAMI – Enter Joe Judge, exit at Eli Manning.
Saquon Barkley has remained calm since hitting 1,000 rushing yards in the last game of season two, and has been closely monitoring the Giants' busy start to the NFL off-season. It started with Judge's surprising hiring as head coach.
"I called him for the first time and we had a great conversation," Barkley told The Post on Radio Row for Super Bowl 2020, where he is promoting Old Spice's Ultra Smooth product line.
"Then I met him personally and I love what I've seen so far," said Barkley. "Even though we're in January, you can see that look in his eyes that he wishes it was August and we're going to the field. Really excited about the rent."
Barkley's enthusiasm also goes to the offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and his first philosophy.
Ezekiel Elliott, the star of the Cowboys, led the NFL twice and went to three pro bowls in the past four seasons. Garrett called from 2007-12 for the cowboys before concentrating solely on the head coach's duties.
"I didn't call Zeke about him, but I'll definitely catch up with him," said Barkley. "But I played against it [Garrett] for two years. I know how he likes to use his running backs. There is only so much that Zeke can tell me that I haven't seen it with my own eyes.
"Zeke was very successful, but it wasn't just Zeke. There were several players – all the tight ends and broad receivers, Dak [Prescott] has had a great year and a great career so far. We can equip that with the talent we have. "
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The cast of Daniel Jones, Barkley, Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate and Evan Engram could be back next season. This offensive core has not snapped once in the past season due to a number of injuries.
But Manning will not be there and will retire last week after a 16-year career.
"It's sad," said Barkley, that he no longer plays with Manning. “Everyone had their speculations throughout the season. I made sure I had a signed blue jersey before it was done. "
Barkley was not among the dozens of past and present Manning teammates at the ceremony because of an unbreakable personal conflict.
"I would have loved to be there," said Barkley. "I'm happy for him. He gave the game for 16 years, did a great job and I'm glad that he left on his own terms – and as a giant."
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