"You can just see with the talent," Peterson said, via John Keim of ESPN. "It's obvious, him being a rookie and what he's accomplished so far. That doesn't happen every year or even two or three or four years [where] that type of talent comes around."
For his size, the 6-foot, 233-pound Barkley possesses exceptional game-breaking speed and has produced his share of video game-like moves in the open field through seven games.
Barkley has amassed 481 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 98 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per attempt. He has shown to be a highly capable receiver out of the backfield with 424 yards and two touchdowns on 49 catches.
The Giants' rookie running back also owns four plays of 50 yards or more from the line of scrimmage, two coming as a rusher and two as a receiver.
Given Barkley's production, it's no wonder Peterson, who has 438 yards rushing on the season, has enjoyed watching the rookie excel.
"From what I've seen so far he shows some God-given ability," Peterson said. "Great patience, his lower-body strength and balance is amazing. He flows."