Star running back Saquon Barkley will be vital to the New York Giants’ success in 2021 after missing all but two games last season due to a torn ACL.
Based on what we’re seeing during summer practice, that might be a skeptical view of your situation. Objectively, Barkley appears to be 100% on his return to practice.
He does not. 2 in the overall pick in 2018, Barkley jumped onto the scene as a rookie – leading the NFL in total yards from running back. While the Penn State product had a bit of a struggle in its sophomore year, it was still among the best running backs in the game.
- 2018: 261 attempts, 1,307 yards, 5.0 average, 91 receptions, 721 yards, 2,028 total yards, 15 touchdowns
- 2019: 217 attempts, 1,003 yards, 4.6 average, 52 receptions, 438 yards, 1,441 total yards, eight touchdowns
- 2020: 19 attempts, 34 yards, 1.8 average, six receptions, 60 yards, 94 total yards, zero touchdowns
As you can see, Barkley’s double threat ability off the backfield had proven in the past to be an absolute boon for the Giants.
It will be vital to Jones’ progression under center that Saquon Barkley is back at 100%. The young quarterback saw a major regression as a sophomore without Barkley in the mix last season, scoring just 11 touchdowns versus 10 interceptions in 14 starts.
That came after a rookie season in which Jones threw twice as many touchdowns (24) as he did interceptions (12).