Giants’ Saquon Barkley Continues Impressive Rookie Season

 

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Saquon Barkley
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The recipient of a bachelor’s degree in business from Tulane University, Geoff Block uses his experience as a Wall Street executive with Crown Growth Partners to manage day-to-day operations at real estate company RLB Squared. A passionate sports fan, Geoff Block calls the New York Giants his favorite National Football League (NFL) team.

The Giants have won only four of their first 12 games in the 2018 season, but a bright spot is rookie running back Saquon Barkley, who was selected by the Giants second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Barkley has 954 rushing yards and 602 receiving yards, for a total of 1,556 yards from scrimmage. He also has eight rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns.

On December 2 against the Chicago Bears, Barkley broke the Giants’ 82-year-old rookie rushing record that was previously held by Tuffy Leemans. Prior to the team’s 13th game of the season, Barkley needed only one more touchdown to break the rookie record shared by Billy Paschal and Odell Beckham Jr.

Moreover, Barkley was only 137 total yards away from breaking the NFL record for most yards from scrimmage. The current record of 2,212 yards is held by Eric Dickerson.

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The Impressive Early-Season Performance of the Giants’ Saquon Barkley

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Saquon Barkley
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The recipient of a bachelor’s in business from Tulane University, Geoff Block is a South Carolina-based investment professional who has managed the RLB Squared portfolio since 2013. Beyond his professional pursuits, Geoff Block is a passionate fan of the National Football League’s New York Giants.

The Giants won just one of their first six games to start the 2018 season, but there have been a few bright spots, most notably rookie running back Saquon Barkley. The second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft registered more than 100 yards from scrimmage in each of the team’s first six games. This ranks as the second-best streak to begin a career, behind only Kareem Hunt, who reached seven games in 2017.

During the team’s week 6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Barkley recorded 229 yards from scrimmage, the most by a rookie in Giants history. He also became the first Giants player to register a 40-yard pass reception and 40-yard rush in the same game since Tiki Barber did so in 2004.

Emphasizing his week-to-week consistency, Barkley was nominated for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week award in five of the first six weeks of the season.

Giants Add Experienced Cornerback William Gay in Free Agency

 

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William Gay
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A graduate of Tulane University, Geoff Block formerly served as an executive with Wall Street’s Crown Growth Partners before founding the South Carolina-based investment firm RLB Squared LLC in 2013. When not working, Geoff Block enjoys following his favorite National Football League (NFL) team, the New York Giants.

The Giants overhauled its defensive backfield earlier this year by signing Michael Thomas, Curtis Riley, Teddy Williams, and B.W. Webb. In April, the team added durable cornerback William Gay to that list. A 5-foot-10, 183-pound native of Tallahassee, Florida, Gay played college football for the University of Louisville before being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Since debuting the following season, the 33-year-old has played in 176 games in 11 seasons and compiled 573 tackles, 13 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, and seven quarterback sacks.

Gay spent all but one of those 11 seasons with the Steelers. During the 2012 season, he played for the Arizona Cardinals and recorded a career-high three forced fumbles. The former Super Bowl champion played primarily as a backup last season, but still managed two forced fumbles and an interception.