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


Saquon Barkley made the Professional Bowl as a rookie.

Tracy Morgan obtained blended critiques on his efficiency Wednesday evening as host of the ESPY Awards, with many taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations over his pressured stand-up comedy routine. In truth, he in all probability had extra misses than hits. However the shade Morgan threw at Saquon Barkley was treasured.

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

“I heard you possibly can deadlift 600 kilos,” Morgan joked. “That’s good since you’re going to have to hold the Giants this 12 months.”

The second-year working again laughed and took the jab in stride. It was mentioned in jest, nevertheless 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 12 months. 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, through 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 to play the game I really like with out you guys, additionally.”

Barkley nonetheless racked up 1,307 speeding yards and 11 touchdowns final season, together with 721 receiving yards and 4 scores by way of 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 solution to Miles Sanders within the backfield. The Eagles rookie stepped proper in and rushed for 1,274 yards and 9 touchdowns in his solely 12 months because the characteristic again. Philadelphia chosen Sanders with the 53rd total decide within the second spherical of the draft, with visions of Barkley dancing round Eagles followers’ heads.

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

“I keep in mind Saquon, type of on a regular basis wanting over his shoulder and saying to me ‘this man’s bought 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 advised Fran Duffy, through Fansided.

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

“No one is actually going to be the beginning working again,” Sanders mentioned, through”I feel the ball’s going to be unfold out quite a bit, and that’s what I type of like, too — simply everyone getting a contact within the recreation after which simply affecting the sport in any kind of method. I’m keen to do no matter it takes to assist the workforce win.”