I expect us to be the best duo in the NFL, Hopkins told reporters Tuesday. That’s my goal. I’m pretty sure that’s his goal. And if we have all these goals for ourselves, that’s going to help the team get what we get to.
Watson burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2017. After backing up Tom Savage in Houston’s first game, Watson started the Texans’ next six contests and went on a torrid touchdown pace. The rookie out of Clemson threw for 1,699 yards and 19 scores in seven games until he suffered a season-ending knee injury. Extrapolated over a full 16-game slate, Watson was on pace to throw for 3,883 yards and 43 touchdowns, the latter of which would have shattered the rookie QB record (26: Peyton Manning, 1998; Russell Wilson , 2012).
The gaming industry is also opposed to the fees. William Hill sports book CEO Joe Asher says it could eat up 20 percent of sports book revenues because sports books generally net about only 5 percent of winnings.
So far, four other states have passed sports betting laws in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s ruling: Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. And 14 other states are considering such legislation.
Illinois and Indiana have included the 1 percent fee in their bills. There are measures in Connecticut, Kansas, Missouri, and New York with a 0.25 percent fee.
The Giants wouldn’t abandon the passing game if they added Barkley, of course, not with playmakers like Odell Beckham Jr. and Evan Engram. Plus, Barkley himself is an elite receiver out of the backfield, catching 102 passes for 1,195 yards and eight touchdowns in his three college seasons.
And the thought of adding Barkley to an offense with a number of playmakers is intriguing. The Giants are only one season removed from a playoff berth, and a number of running backs selected in the top 10 in recent years—Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley and Leonard Fournette all come to mind—have transformed their respective offenses and led to recent playoff appearances.
Building an offense around Barkley makes sense for a team like the Giants. It would take pressure off veteran quarterback Eli Manning and force defenses to respect the run game, opening up opportunities for players like Beckham in the pass game.
It was a great game. It was entertaining, Rockies manager Bud Black said. You wouldn’t expect a game like that to end up the way it did, because of the 10 walks and some of the wild pitches and stuff, but it’s baseball, man. It was great.