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Franco Harris offers valuable advice to Giants’…

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Former NFL greats have been forthcoming with words to the wise ever since the New York Giants made Penn State running back Saquon Barkley the second overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Barkley has unlimited talent and the sky is the limit for what he can achieve in this league, but even the great ones have to work hard at their craft.

Franco Harris, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Hall of Fame running back and a legendary Nittany Lion himself, is the latest prominent voice to offer advice to Barkley.

From NJ Advance Media:

Harris knows all about what it takes to shoulder a significant offseason workload, averaging 226 carries per season while missing only missing 16 career games.

“The secret comes down to your conditioning,” Harris told NJ Advance Media at the Super Bowl last week. “Your offseason training makes all the difference to your health and avoiding injuries.”

Head coach Joe Judge and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett have both said the Giants will be looking to establish the run in 2020 and Barkley is by far the alpha back in their offense. He could see Ezekiel Elliott-like usage this coming season.

Barkley keeps himself in tip-top condition year-round and is prepared for whatever the Giants are going to throw his way.

Harris added that health and scheme would also go a long way in assisting Barkley in succeeding going forward.

“Offensive line helps,” Harris said. “We had a great offensive line in Pittsburgh where we ran a lot of traps that suited my style really well.”

The Giants will be looking to upgrade that line, which was average at best in Barkley’s first two seasons. Play calling will have to be more creative as well. Trying to jam the ball up the middle on early downs against defenses that stack the box should be a thing of the past.

Barkley will be asked to carry a significant load in 2020 and will need the help of the football gods to stay healthy. He missed three games last season due to a high ankle sprain and never really got back on track after returning.

“You have to be lucky,” Harris said. “Every single play in the NFL could be your last.”

Franco Harris offers valuable advice to Giants' Saquon Barkley

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