Saquon Barkley

New York Giants
Running Back #26
New York Giants
Running Back #26

Saquon Barkley News

Contract dialogue reconvenes

Barkley's representation "had conversations" with the Giants last week, and general manager Joe Schoen said the two sides will "circle up after the draft," Patricia Traina of reports.

Analysis: Barkley was given the franchise tag by New York just before he was set to hit free agency, but he has yet to sign his franchise tender. As such, he hasn't participated in the team's team's offseason program and could potentially hold out if a long-term contract isn't agreed upon. The Giants took running back Eric Gray in the draft, but as a late fifth-round pick, it's unlikely that New York sees him as an immediate replacement for Barkley. There's a good chance that Barkley will suit up for the Giants this season, but there remains uncertainty about how far apart the team and the running back's representatives are on contract numbers.

May 3, 2023 6:46 PM EST

No progress ahead of draft

Giants GM Joe Schoen said Thursday that nothing has changed between Barkley and the team, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Schoen implied that the team will focus more on veteran contracts -- namely Barkley's and DL Dexter Lawrence's -- after the conclusion of the NFL Draft next weekend. Barkley still hasn't signed his franchise tender and thus remains absent from the offseason program, but the Giants have until July 17 to work out a long-term contract. If nothing happens by then, Barkley can either sign the tender or hold out.

Apr 20, 2023 9:35 AM EST

Not suiting up for Week 18

Barkley (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The Giants are locked in as the No. 6 seed for the NFC playoff regardless of the outcome of their game with the Eagles as well as the rest of this weekend's action, so head coach Brian Daboll has chosen to err on the side of caution by holding out his franchise running back with little at stake in the season finale. Matt Breid and Gary Brightwell are the Giants' lone active running backs and will likely split the snaps to some extent.

Jan 8, 2023 12:05 PM EST

Wants to play Week 18

Barkley said he plans to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles, unless coach Brian Daboll prevents him from doing so, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: The catch is that Daboll may do just that, as the Giants are locked into the No. 6 seed and a likely wild-card matchup with Minnesota (though it technically could still be the 49ers instead). There's no guarantee of Barkley playing more than a few snaps even if he gets the start this Sunday.

Jan 4, 2023 12:17 PM EST

Takes back seat in Week 17 win

Barkley rushed 12 times for 58 yards and caught two of four targets for negative-5 yards in the Giants' Week 17 win over Indianapolis.

Analysis: Barkley led New York in carries, but he was outgained on the ground by quarterback Daniel Jones (11 carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns) and No. 2 running back Matt Breida (nine carries for 59 yards). Most of Breida's production came in garbage time during the fourth quarter as Barkley logged only one carry during the period. The 53 total yards were Barkley's fewest since he totaled 48 yards in a limited role against Philadelphia in Week 14, but the context was entirely different against Indianapolis as New York notched a blowout win to gain a playoff spot for the first time since 2016. On another note, Barkley's modest production pushed him to 1,312 rushing yards on the campaign, surpassing his previous career high of 1,307 yards set during his rookie campaign. The Penn State's product's bounce-back year and the Giants' surprising success this season has New York set on committing to the Pro Bowl back beyond this campaign, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, and Barkley may get a chance to get some rest ahead of the postseason with the Giants having nothing to gain Week 18 against the Eagles.

Jan 1, 2023 1:51 PM EST

Carries offense in loss

Barkley carries the ball 14 times for 84 yards and a touchdown and caught eight of 10 targets for 49 yards in Saturday's 27-24 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: The running back did everything he could to keep the Giants in the game, setting new season highs in catches and targets and tying things up at 24-24 with a 27-year TD run on fourth-and-2 with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, only for Greg Joseph to boot a 61-yard game-winning field goal as time expired. Barkley has topped 100 scrimmage yards in back-to-back games, a figure he's reached eight times in 15 contests, and he figures to be the focal point of the New York offense again in Week 17 against the Colts.

Dec 24, 2022 3:45 PM EST

Carries offense in crucial win

Barkley rushed 18 times for 87 yards and touchdown while adding 33 receiving yards on five receptions (eight targets) in Sunday's 20-12 win over Washington.

Analysis: Barkley was dealing with a neck injury last week, but that didn't stop him from putting the team on his back in a pivotal NFC East matchup. The star running back accounted for 42 percent of New York's offensive output and scored the team's lone offensive touchdown. This premier performance came at just the right time for many fantasy managers who are in the thick of the playoffs, as Barkley was banged up and averaged less than four yards per carry over his previous four contests. Expect the Giants to lean heavily on the 25-year-old when they take on the Vikings on Saturday.

Dec 18, 2022 9:14 PM EST

Healthy for Week 15

Barkley was a full practice participant Wednesday and isn't even listed on the Giants' Week 15 injury report, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Barkley played only 20 snaps in Sunday's 48-22 loss to the Eagles, with a neck injury and the blowout nature of the game both being factors in his unusually limited role (11 touches for 48 yards on 31 percent snap share). Prior to that, he'd recorded at least 42 snaps and 15 touches in each of the Giants' games. There's a good chance Barkley gets back to that kind of workload in a crucial game for two wild-card hopefuls this Sunday at Washington.

Dec 14, 2022 2:14 PM EST

Limited in Week 14 loss

Barkley rushed nine times for 28 yards and brought in both targets for 20 yards in the Giants' 48-22 loss to the Eagles on Sunday.

Analysis: Barkley came into the pregame warmups with his status in the air due to a neck injury, and he ultimately played just 20 snaps per Jordan Raanan of However, Raanan notes head coach Brian Daboll said the star running back was not on any kind of pre-determined snap limit, and the fact Barkley didn't play from late in the third quarter onward was a byproduct of the lopsided score. Barkley will have an opportunity to be in better overall shape going into a critical Week 15 Sunday night battle against the Commanders.

Dec 11, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Suiting up Sunday

Barkley (neck) is listed as active Sunday against the Eagles.

Analysis: Barkley's status for Week 14 action was among the biggest question marks after his practice reps were capped Thursday and Friday due to a neck injury. Considered a game-time decision for this contest, his availability seemingly was up in the air until coach Brian Daboll spoke to the media Sunday morning. Per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Daboll said Barkley will "be a go. ... We'll keep an eye on him, see how he's doing, but he came in early, got treatment (on his neck)." While he may yield reps out of the Giants backfield to backups Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell, Barkley is in line to be a part of New York's offensive game plan.

Dec 11, 2022 8:36 AM EST

Slated to play Sunday

Barkley (neck) is in line to play Sunday against the Eagles, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network and Jordan Raanan of report.

Analysis: Barkley, who logged limited practices Thursday and Friday, had been viewed as a game-time decision for the contest, but he's slated give it a go Sunday, per coach Brian Daboll. Official confirmation of Barkley's Week 14 status will arrive upon the release of the Giants' inactives ahead of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.

Dec 11, 2022 8:07 AM EST

Week 14 status hinges on workout

Barkley (neck), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, is considered a true game-time call, and the Giants are expected to wait up until the release of their inactive list 90 minutes ahead of the 1 p.m. ET kickoff before reaching a decision on his status, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Barkley took a designation into the weekend after the neck issue resulted in his practice reps being capped Thursday and Friday. Though Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted that Barkley took part in the Giants' walk-through Saturday, the running back will be put through a warmup Sunday morning before the team has a better feel for his Week 14 status. Notably, the Giants didn't elevate another running back from the practice squad Saturday, so the team would be left with Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell as its options out of the backfield if Barkley is inactive or available only in an emergency.

Dec 11, 2022 5:12 AM EST

Considered '50/50' for Week 14

The Giants deem Barkley (neck) to be "50/50" to play Sunday against the Eagles, with his availability coming down to pregame warmups, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Barkley made a mid-week appearance on the Giants' injury report due to a neck issue, which limited his practice reps Thursday and Friday. The team tabbed him with a questionable designation for Week 14, but Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reported earlier Saturday that both team and player won't risk an aggravation of the injury if he's not ready to suit up. As such, Barkley is a true game-time decision in advance of Sunday's game, with his status to be revealed about 90 minutes before a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell are the next running backs up for New York in the event Barkley ends up sidelined.

Dec 10, 2022 8:39 PM EST

True game-time decision

Barkley (neck) is expected to be a true game-time decision and his status will likely depend on how he feels following a pre-game workout, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: The Giants did not elevate a running back from the practice squad Saturday, a sign typically across the NFL that the positional depth chart is essentially solidified for the upcoming matchup. Various reports from Giants beat writers confirmed that may not be the case in this particular instance as Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post suggested it's entirely possible the star running back may still be unavailable even with just Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell set to back up Barkley. Expect more clarity regarding the situation to occur well before the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Dec 10, 2022 1:54 PM EST

Draws questionable tag for Week 14

Barkley (neck) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Barkley will carry a designation into the weekend after the neck issue rendered him a limited participant in practices Thursday or Friday. Though head coach Brian Daboll wasn't willing to guarantee Barkley's availability for the Week 14 game when he addressed the matter Friday, both Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News and Jordan Raanan of expect the running back to play through the injury after he didn't appear to be working out with any discomfort in the portion of practice that was open to the media. If Barkley's condition takes a turn for the worse and the Giants decide to hold him out or scale back his workload Sunday, Matt Breida would likely be the next man up for work out of the backfield.

Dec 9, 2022 11:18 AM EST

Practicing Friday

Barkley (neck) participated in practice Friday, Charlotte Carroll of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Per Jordan Raanan of, with regard to the running back's chances of playing Sunday against the Eagles, coach Brian Daboll said "we'll see." That said, Raanan noted that Barkley looked "fine" at practice Friday, while adding that he'd be surprised if the Giants' lead back didn't play this weekend. It still seems likely, however, that Barkley will carry an official Week 14 injury designation into the weekend.

Dec 9, 2022 9:34 AM EST

Tending to neck issue

Barkley was limited at Thursday's practice due to a neck injury, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Barkley wasn't listed on the Giants' injury report Wednesday, so his appearance one day later was unexpected. Fortunately, he was able to fit in some drills in spite of the health concern and has one more session to put himself in a position to avoid a designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Eagles. If Barkley is at all limited this weekend, Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell could take on larger roles out of New York's backfield.

Dec 8, 2022 1:20 PM EST

Garners 81 total yards in tie

Barkley rushed 18 times for 63 yards and a touchdown and secured all five targets for 18 yards in the Giants' 20-20 tie with the Commanders on Sunday.

Analysis: Barkley had to work for every yard on the ground as his rushing line clearly indicates, but he was still able to put together a solid fantasy day thanks to volume and a 13-yard rushing touchdown just before the halfway point of the second quarter. Barkley has been under the 100-yard mark in three straight games, ,but he has multiple catches in three consecutive contests and rushing scores in four of his last five going into a Week 14 home showdown against the Eagles.

Dec 4, 2022 2:35 PM EST

Salvages Thanksgiving with TD

Barkley carried the ball 11 times for 39 yards and a touchdown and caught four of six targets for 13 yards in Thursday's 28-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: His one-yard TD plunge midway through the second quarter gave the Giants a 10-7 lead, but the game was almost all Cowboys after halftime. The touchdown was Barkley's seventh rushing score of the year, his highest total since he racked up 11 as a rookie in 2018, and he's just eight rushing yards shy of his third career 1,000-yard campaign -- a mark he'll certainly reach in Week 13 against the Commanders.

Nov 24, 2022 5:27 PM EST

Stymied in defeat

Barkley rushed 15 times for 22 yards and caught two of five targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 31-18 loss to Detroit.

Analysis: Barkley was bottled up from start to finish in this one, failing to rush for more than four yards on any of his 15 rushing attempts. The Lions had a defensive gameplan centered on stopping the star running back, forcing Daniel Jones and the Giants' depleted receiving corps to pick up the slack, which they failed to do as a collective unit. The 25-year-old has been such a fantasy monster this season that managers have to simply swallow this dud and move on. Barkley will have a prime opportunity to bounce back on Thanksgiving against a Cowboys defense that has had trouble stropping the run this season.

Nov 20, 2022 2:07 PM EST

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