The New York Giants added another weapon to their offense with the selection of Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft on Thursday night.
Barkley joins an offense loaded with weapons at quarterback Eli Manning’s disposal. They include 2014 first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr., 2016 second-round pick Sterling Shepard and 2017 first-round pick Evan Engram.
Beckham FaceTimed with Barkley not long after the pick, and Manning sent him a congratulatory text. Beckham and Barkley did some training together in Los Angeles this offseason.
“I’m just truly excited to be a part of the New York Giants,” Barkley told ESPN after being selected. “When I got to visit their program, I fell in love. You walk in, you see the Super Bowls right away — and you see that team’s about winning, and hopefully I can go there and help as quickly as possible.”
Gettleman told the Giants’ website he instructed his lieutenants to not field calls after the Cleveland Browns selected quarterback Baker Mayfield No. 1 overall.
It didn’t matter that Darnold was on the board. Gettleman said he could’ve turned in the card for Barkley with 9:58 remaining on the clock. Each team gets 10 minutes to make its selection.
Barkley rushed for 3,843 yards and was the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year at Penn State. His 5,538 all-purpose yards, 53 total touchdowns and 43 rushing touchdowns were school records. The Giants were enamored with Barkley from the start of the process, and their offseason moves sent them in the direction of the draft’s top running back.
Fleury stopped 33 shots for his third shutout of the playoffs, and the Vegas Golden Knights went on to beat the San Jose Sharks 7-0 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
“I’ve always been a big fan (of the wave), I saw it coming around, heard the music going, sometimes I try to have some fun,” Fleury said with a wide smile. “We did our best to stay sharp for that first game and I think we did. I thought we had the jump on them right away and that was a big part of the win tonight.”
Fleury, who improved to 5-0 in the playoffs, got his 13th career shutout in the playoffs — and second straight. He also blanked Los Angeles 1-0 in Game 4 of the first round.
After getting seven goals from seven different players during a four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Kings in the opening round, the Golden Knights matched that with seven players scoring for them on Thursday.