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Giants’ Saquon Barkley remaining patient in comeback from torn ACL

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley’s comeback from a serious knee has been slow, but that was expected. In his first two back, he’s rushed 23 times for 83 yards (3.6 YPC) and caught three passes for 13 yards. He has not scored a touchdown.

Many prognosticators have predicted Barkley to rush for over 1,200 yards and add 500 or so more as a receiver which means he better get going.

The Giants have been bringing him along gradually. In the season opener against Denver, Barkley started but played on just 48 percent of the offensive snaps. Last week, versus Washington, he was ramped up to 84 percent but still had only 15 touches.

“That’s going to be the thing for me this year every week, (it’s) going to get better,” Barkley told reporters on Thursday. “Everyone that’s ever tore their ACL – you don’t realize how many people actually tore their knee until you tear your knee, whether it’s teammates, old teammates, the (running back Adrian Peterson) APs, the (wide receiver) Julian Edelmans of the world. Getting in contact with them and they tell me every week it’s going to continue to get better, continue to get better. Just got to continue to trust it and continue to work.”

Barkley has gotten an extra few days rest for the upcoming game against the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday thanks to the schedule makers. He believes that extra rest will be an advantage this week.

“Definitely big,” he said. “I think I said last week, not ideal for someone coming off of a major knee to play two in five days, but it is what it is. I’m happy I was able to play those two games and, like I said, I got confidence out of it. I felt like I grew throughout those two games, from one to two, and having those 10 days to get my body right, to see family, to go home, go to Penn State, see familiar faces, definitely just helped the mental part of it, too.”

Currently quarterback Daniel Jones leads the team in rushing with 122 yards. That’s not where Barkley or the Giants want to be right now — or at any time — but sees the value in having a mobile quarterback.

“As a competitor, obviously you want to be leading the team in rushing and leading the in rushing, but at the end of the day you want to win games,” Barkley said. “We put ourselves in the position to win the game and we just didn’t finish. That came on DJ playing a great game for us with throwing the ball and running the ball.

“I look at it — like I said, it’s a 17-week season for a reason and I look at it as that’s going to help me. There are going to be times where teams are not going to just continue to let him pull and take it for 60 or 80-yard runs, which he showed he can do.

“There’s going to be times when that defensive end is going to have to sit and play DJ too and that’s when I get my opportunity to make things and make things shake. Not only with that, with me running the ball, with him pulling it and throwing it overtop — you know, safety is coming down trying to stop the run — it’s going to leave our wide receivers open over the middle and running slants and getting open. We’ve just got to continue to do those things. As an offense we were able to put up 29 points, but it wasn’t enough. We’ve got to find a way to finish and find a way to come out with a W.”

Barkley will have a huge opportunity this Sunday to advance his comeback efforts as Atlanta has been porous on defense thus fat this season.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley’s comeback from a serious knee has been slow, but that was expected. In his first two back, he’s rushed 23 times for 83 yards (3.6 YPC) and caught three passes for 13 yards. He has not scored a touchdown.
Many prognosticators have predicted Barkley to rush for over 1,200 yards and add 500 or so more as a receiver which means he better get going.
The Giants have been bringing him along gradually. In the season opener against Denver, Barkley started but played on just 48 percent of the offensive snaps. Last week, versus Washington, he was ramped up to 84 percent but still had only 15 touches.
“That’s going to be the thing for me this year every week, (it’s) going to get better,” Barkley told reporters on Thursday. “Everyone that’s ever tore their ACL – you don’t realize how many people actually tore their knee until you tear your knee, whether it’s teammates, old teammates, the (running back Adrian Peterson) APs, the (wide receiver) Julian Edelmans of the world. Getting in contact with them and they tell me every week it’s going to continue to get better, continue to get better. Just got to continue to trust it and continue to work.”
Barkley has gotten an extra few days rest for the upcoming game against the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday thanks to the schedule makers. He believes that extra rest will be an advantage this week.
“Definitely big,” he said. “I think I said last week, not ideal for someone coming off of a major knee to play two games in five days, but it is what it is. I’m happy I was able to play those two games and, like I said, I got confidence out of it. I felt like I grew throughout those two games, from one to two, and having those 10 days to get my body right, to see family, to go home, go to Penn State, see familiar faces, definitely just helped the mental part of it, too.”
Currently quarterback Daniel Jones leads the team in rushing with 122 yards. That’s not where Barkley or the Giants want to be right now — or at any time — but sees the value in having a mobile quarterback.
“As a competitor, obviously you want to be leading the team in rushing and leading the in rushing, but at the end of the day you want to win games,” Barkley said. “We put ourselves in the position to win the game and we just didn’t finish. That came on DJ playing a great game for us with throwing the ball and running the ball.
“I look at it — like I said, it’s a 17-week season for a reason and I look at it as that’s going to help me. There are going to be times where teams are not going to just continue to let him pull and take it for 60 or 80-yard runs, which he showed he can do.
“There’s going to be times when that defensive end is going to have to sit and play DJ too and that’s when I get my opportunity to make things and make things shake. Not only with that, with me running the ball, with him pulling it and throwing it overtop — you know, safety is coming down trying to stop the run — it’s going to leave our wide receivers open over the middle and running slants and getting open. We’ve just got to continue to do those things. As an offense we were able to put up 29 points, but it wasn’t enough. We’ve got to find a way to finish games and find a way to come out with a W.”
Barkley will have a huge opportunity this Sunday to advance his comeback efforts as Atlanta has been porous on defense thus fat this season.

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