Saquon Barkley passes on workout at Penn State pro day

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Saquon Barkley didn’t work out at Penn State’s pro day after learning that no NFL running backs coaches would be in attendance, but the former Nittany Lions star will soon begin team visits.

Barkley had planned to participate in workouts for pro personnel on Tuesday. However, like Penn State’s other players who went to the NFL scouting combine, he was not going to go through testing again.

“I woke up this morning and that was the game plan,” china Barkley said of doing the workouts, “but then when I realized there wasn’t a running backs coach here, I figured there was no point for me to run routes or do drills.”

Barkley added that he will likely just visit with NFL teams and might do one or two workouts, depending on input he receives.

“I’m over this stage, running in shorts and sweatshirts,” Barkley said. “That’s cool and all, but I’m not a combine guy. I want you to throw on the film and I want to show that I’m a football player.”

Barkley’s testing numbers at the NFL combine drew praise, but he said they didn’t meet his expectations. The All-America running back clocked 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 41-inch vertical leap and 29 bench press repetitions at 225 pounds. Penn State head coach James Franklin told on Monday that Barkley’s combine performance was “very average” compared to what he did at Penn State.

Barkley rushed for 3,843 yards and 43 touchdowns, and he caught 102 passes for 1,195 yards in three seasons.

“I would agree with [Franklin]. I would say it wasn’t my best, I feel like I could have done a lot better,” Barkley said of the combine. “But I’m not going to sit here and complain because a lot of guys wish they could have had the same numbers that I had that day, the performance I had that day. I was really happy with the off-field stuff, the interviews, and I think I did really well in the drills with catching the ball, running and looking smooth and fluid.”

Barkley called himself a “legit 4.3 guy” in the 40-yard dash and clocked a 4.29 during training. authentic nfl jerseys He has recorded a 42-inch vertical leap and typically completes 30-35 repetitions on the bench press.