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Saquon Barkley has classy response to teammate’s smack talk

Saquon Barkley was challenged earlier this week by New York Giants teammate Damon “Snacks” Harrison courtesy of the burly nose tackle’s pointed smack talk. To say that Barkley reacted with the appropriate level of deference arguably befitting a rookie would be an understatement.

Harrison had warned Barkley of an upcoming baptism by fire, saying he was “excited to get out there and run in training camp so I can hit his ass and see what he is made of.”

When informed of Harrison’s fiery rhetoric, Barkley killed with kindness.

“My response to that is,” Barkley said after Wednesday’s practice, via “I’m just happy that we’re on the same team, and he only gets to hit me maybe once or twice a year, rather than facing him for a whole game.

“He is one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL, and I have a lot of respect for how he carries himself, how he prepares … I’m going to run away from that challenge, and just say that I’m happy that he’s on my team. I don’t know anyone who is going to run over Snacks. His nickname is Snacks for a reason. I’m just fortunate to be able to play with him, rather than against him.”

To be fair, Harrison also praised Barkley … while still making a threat about the trial by fire the veterans will put him through … within reason, of course.

“I told him, ‘It’s not Penn State. You aren’t going up against Wake Forest,'” Harrison said. “The guy is explosive. You can see how they will use him in the offense, which will be to our benefit. You get in between the lines and you’ve got the ball in your hands. I don’t care what anyone is saying. It’s time to work. I don’t think we’ll be able to hit him too hard, but I’m going to hit his ass.”

Barkley has all the makings of a superstar running back, that much is clear. That said, he should not expect things to come easily, even from his teammates.

Welcome to the NFL, Saquon Barkley.