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Giants news, 12/6: Saquon Barkley — “awesome” for Eli Manning to play again

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Saquon Barkley looking forward to playing with Eli

No knock on Daniel Jones intended, but Barkley on Thursday sounded like he’s happy Eli Manning is getting another opportunity to play.

“Eli, he’s a legend. He’s a Hall of Famer. He just sees the field so well. He understands the game so well, he’s been doing it for a very long time and it’s what you expect from El,” Barkley said. “Obviously, I love the way he handled the situation when D.J. (Daniel Jones) ended up being the starting quarterback, the way he operated in practice, the way he operated in the building was the same Eli that we know. So, good to see him come out this week and get a chance. It’s going to be awesome for him.”

Can Manning’s experience help the struggling offense?

“I don’t think it just helps me, I think it just helps the team, helps the offense. They’re both great quarterbacks and I’m not here to compare and contrast Eli versus D.J., they’re two different style quarterbacks, one has been doing it for a very long time, one is in his first year,” Barkley said. “But Eli, like I said, like you said, he’s seen every defense, so it’s like second hand to him. He’s going to be able to help put us in positions to succeed, and I think D.J. has been doing a great job of that, too. So, like I said, I’m just happy for Eli to get an opportunity.”

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Disappointed by Giants’ DeAndre Baker’s rookie year? He’s not — and he promises he’ll become an elite cornerback: ‘I know it’ -

Baker’s play hasn’t come close to justifying the Giants’ decision to give up the 132nd and 142nd picks in the draft to move up from No. 37 to No. 30 to get him in the draft. His belief in himself, though, doesn’t seem to be shaken.

“I know what I can do,” he said.

Baker is hardly the first rookie cornerback to struggle. He said Thursday he is just trying to get better.

“I’m not content,” he said of his rookie season. “There’s things I could’ve done better. But I ain’t disappointed at all. It’s kind of like: All right, this is what I need to do.

“I don’t ever see criticism or nothing like that, so I can’t really talk about it. I don’t be on Twitter, so I wouldn’t know what they’re saying. That’s probably a good thing.”

Sam Darnold has some advice for Giants’ Daniel Jones

The Jets’ second-year quarterback says he learned some things a year ago from sitting and watching veteran Josh McCown play.

“I’m sure he knows what to do ’cause he’s a smart kid. He’s doing all the right things so far,” Darnold said on Thursday.

“What I would do if I were him, just learn from Eli. That’s what I did last year. I learned from Josh a ton during that time when I was out, so that would be the advice I give him.”

Odell Beckham Jr. vague about being with the Browns next year: ‘What does the future hold? I don’t know' -

Just in case you are still interested in the adventures of the former Giants star. He certainly doesn’t sound committed to staying with the Cleveland Browns.

"What the does the future hold? I don’t know,'' Beckham said. "No one knows what the future holds tomorrow,'' he added. "I couldn’t tell you. My locker is right next to one of the people that mean the most to me in the world (Jarvis Landry). I think about coming to work and seeing him every single day and how special this could be, so I couldn’t sit here and tell you whether I’m going to be here, want to be here, don’t want to be here. This is exactly where I’m at right now, and I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else.''

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