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Podcast: Is the resurgent Saquon Barkley destined to be a Buffalo Bill?
We've reached the quarter pole. Which players are taking the league by surprise? Look no further than Barkley. This is the back we all expected and he presents a welcomed problem for Joe Schoen.
First, we must talk violence.
Doesn’t it seem like we’ve seen more motionless players on the turf than usual this season? Players only get bigger and stronger and faster and, suffice to say, receivers unable to move their arms and legs is the NFL’s worst nightmare. So, how does the league reconcile this all?
A good place to start: Be honest with itself and the public. That’s where we must open this week’s midweek podcast at Fattey Beer Company.
From there, it’s on to a quarter pole report. Which players and which teams surprise us so far — for good and bad? Saquon Barkley has been the best running back in the NFL. That’s led to a 3-1 start for the New York Giants. Co-host Jim Monos even says he’d rather try to tackle Derrick Henry than Barkley at this point. Of course, the next question would be what the Giants should do with their prized possession. At some point, GM Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll need to clutch to special players to build a core. And yet, at the same time, they probably don’t want to get into the business of unloading a massive contract to a running back.
We explain why a midseason trade to the Buffalo Bills makes so much sense.
Elsewhere, Matt Milano has been sensational at linebacker. Kenny Pickett’s first impression was strong. And Justin Fields’ play? It’s ugly, yet complicated.
We also take all of your most outlandish, non-football questions. It’s October, which means it’s time to load up the scary movies. (Be sure to submit all pod questions here in the comment section or email ‘em to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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