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Giants news, 10/10: Barkley’s leadership, Shepard’s outburst, more

Shurmur says Barkley on his way to being “a terrific leader”

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Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let’s get right to your Wednesday headlines.

Saquon already becoming a leader

Saquon Barkley is a rookie, but his talent and his personality have already made him a leader in the Giants’ locker room.

“I spent a few minutes sitting with him on the plane after the game. I really think some of your younger players can be your best leaders,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “He displays humility, he says the right thing but when he says it, and you all write about it and report on it, don’t you sense a genuine nature to what he says? You’ve got a genuine, competitive guy that can do really great things on the football field, and so those guys can lead naturally by just being themselves. If Saquon comes in every day and every day becomes the best version of Saquon he can become, and he sticks to those principles and that integrity, then of course, he’ll be a terrific leader, and he already has established himself that way.

Barkley said Tuesday he felt as if he was in a position to be a leader and is trying to earn the role.

“It’s just the way you carry yourself, the way you work. Come to work with your head down, try to do anything you can possible to help the team. That stuff goes a long way,” Barkley said. “Obviously your play on the field goes a long way too, but try to be one of the first people in here, working your butt off in the weight room, asking questions, try to prepare yourself like a pro, like a vet. Stuff like that is what sits well with your team and that’s how I try to continue to grow into that role.”

Shepard explains outburst

After an Eli Manning interception on Sunday, Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard had an uncharacteristic sideline temper tantrum.

“I really wanted to win that game. That’s the bottom line. I felt it kind of slipping away right there, and some other stuff going on too,” Shepard said. “Everything is OK. I’m getting through it. It’ll be alright.”

Like many of his teammates, Shepard said Tuesday that he feels like the Giants are heading in the right direction despite being 1-4.

“I’m so proud of the team. The way that we fought through adversity (vs. Carolina),” he said. “That’s the best I’ve seen the team in a while. We’re taking steps in the right direction every week, and guys are doing a great job taking steps in the right direction.”

‘Snacks’ on the Eagles’ slow start

The defending champion Eagles might have been expected to run away with the NFC East. So, why a 2-3 start for Philadelphia? Giants’ defensive tackle Damon Harrison isn’t sure.

“I don’t know. I think they’re just still searching for – it’s tough to put a name to it,” Harrison said. “I don’t know, they just haven’t looked the same.”

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