Barkley rushed 11 times for 30 yards and brought in three of four targets for 19 yards in the Giants' 22-7 loss to Washington on Sunday.
Analysis: In what was a thoroughly forgettable 4-13 season for the Giants, Barkley had a similarly underwhelming campaign on an individual level and closed it out with one more pedestrian performance. While New York's mediocre run-blocking offensive line, the team's shaky quarterback situation, and especially early in the season, Barkley's still-recovering knee, likely bear the brunt of the blame for the talented back's lack of production, it's arguably fair to wonder whether the fourth-year pro also lacked explosiveness and vision at times, thereby leaving some yards on the fields. At least partly supporting this notion is the fact that veteran backup Devontae Booker was actually appreciably more efficient than Barkley when filling in, although there won't be any question about the latter going into training camp as the clear No. 1 back again this coming summer for what will be a contract year, barring an offseason extension.
Jan 9, 2022 2:58 PM EST
Barkley (ankle) has been cleared to play Sunday against Washington, with no designation on the final injury report.
Analysis: Barkley had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season last week, albeit in a 29-3 loss where the Giants attempted only 11 passes. Similar volume is far from guaranteed as Barkley closes out the year sharing work with Devontae Booker, but it is a safe bet the Giants try to get him the ball with Jake Fromm unlikely to be any better than Mike Glennon at quarterback.
Jan 7, 2022 11:51 AM EST
Barkley (ankle) practiced on a limited basis Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: With the Giants unable to get anything going in the passing game with Mike Glennon (wrist) under center this past Sunday at Chicago, they leaned heavily on their backfield, resulting in a season-high 21 carries for Barkley. Barkley thus has reached double-digit rushes in six consecutive games, averaging 18.2 touches for 71 yards from scrimmage while scoring one TD during that span. Assuming he's out there Sunday against Washington, Barkley can expect another hefty workload with second-year QB Jake Fromm directing the offense.
Jan 6, 2022 11:23 AM EST
Barkley (ankle) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's injury report, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
Analysis: Once again, the Giants are capping Barkley's practice reps due to the ankle issue that has plagued him for much of the season. He's coming off his first 100-yard rushing performance of the campaign from this past Sunday in Chicago, pushing him to averages of 17.3 touches for 68.9 yards from scrimmage per game across seven contests since he returned from an IR stint back in Week 11. There's no indication the team intends to shut down Barkley in Week 18 against Washington, but his status nonetheless should be monitored to ensure he's out there Sunday.
Jan 5, 2022 10:26 AM EST
Barkley rushed 21 times for 102 yards and failed to catch his only target in Sunday's 29-3 loss to Chicago.
Analysis: Barkley's performance was a silver lining for the Giants in what was otherwise a disastrous performance on offense, as Mike Glennon had as many turnovers as completions (four). Having just notched his first 100-yard rushing performance since Week 16 of the 2019 season, Barkley will look to finish strong in Week 18 against Washington.
Jan 2, 2022 3:35 PM EST
Barkley (ankle) has no injury designation for Sunday's game in Chicago.
Analysis: As expected, with Barkley (and the Giants) suggesting this week that he won't be shut down if he's healthy enough to play. There's little question the team will try to get the ball to its running backs while working with backup QBs and an injury-ravaged wideout group, but that's basically been the plan for weeks now and it hasn't led to much production for either Barkley or Devontae Booker, with both seeing double-digit touches in four straight games. During that stretch, Barkley has averaged 14.3 carries and 5.3 targets per game, but with a yield of only 67.8 total yards and 0.25 TDs.
Dec 31, 2021 11:43 AM EST
Barkley (ankle) practiced on a limited basis, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
Analysis: After opening Week 17 prep with no practice reps Wednesday, Barkley mixed into some drills Thursday, which may be setting him up to continue playing through an ankle injury. Since returning from injured reserve Week 11, he's racked up 100 touches for 380 yards from scrimmage and one TD over the last six contests. Meanwhile, backup Devontae Booker has 50 touches for 313 total yards during that same span.
Dec 30, 2021 11:43 AM EST
Barkley (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: There have been media whispers about shutting Barkley down, but both team and player have suggested that's not the plan. He's simply managing his ankle injury, and while Devontae Booker may continue to steal a large chunk of the backfield snaps/touches in an incompetent offense, Barkley also figures to stay involved, barring any setbacks. Week 17 brings a trip to Chicago, where Barkley suffered his ACL tear last September.
Dec 29, 2021 9:58 AM EST
Barkley rushed 15 times for 32 yards and secured his only target for minus-4 yards in the Giants' 34-10 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: It was yet another frustrating afternoon for Barkley, who once again found running room at a premium against an Eagles defense that had been vulnerable against the run at times this season. Barkley had seen an uptick in production on the ground in recent weeks with tallies of between 55 and 64 rushing yards over the last three games, contests in which he'd also recorded multiple receptions; therefore, Sunday's numbers represented a notable downturn all the way around. With defenses having little to fear from the quarterback duo of Mike Glennon and Jake Fromm, Barkley's chances of finding consistent running lanes on the road against the Bears in Week 17 appear bleak.
Dec 26, 2021 3:29 PM EST
Barkley doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Analysis: While he never appeared in serious danger of missing the game, Barkley has lost more work to Devontae Booker the past couple weeks, in addition to the overall problems with New York's offense. A new starting quarterback, Jake Fromm, won't necessarily help, but Barkley does at least figure to get a good number of touches, as the Giants have kept both him and Booker fairly busy while unable to push the ball downfield.
Dec 24, 2021 12:53 PM EST
Barkley (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Barkley continues to manage an ankle issue that sidelined him Weeks 6 through 9. Upon his return to the lineup following the team's Week 10 bye, he's earned a snap share ranging between 56 and 86 percent while averaging 16.8 touches for 70.4 yards from scrimmage per game. Barkley only scored one touchdown during that five-game stretch, so assuming he's available Sunday in Philadelphia he'll look to get back in the end zone against an Eagles defense that has allowed the 16th-most TDs (12) to running backs this season.
Dec 23, 2021 11:27 AM EST
Barkley (ankle) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official sitereports.
Analysis: Barkley has played five straight games since missing the middle part of the season (Weeks 6-10) with an ankle injury, but the Giants have given Devontae Booker a little more work in recent weeks, with Saquon dropping to 55 and 59 percent snap share in the past two contests. Granted, Barkley still managed 31 carries and 11 targets between the two games, with efficiency still the larger issue in a struggling, injury-riddled offense. It isn't likely to get much better this Sunday, facing a solid Eagles defense with either Mike Glennon or Jake Fromm under center for the Giants.
Dec 22, 2021 9:26 AM EST
Barkley rushed 15 times for 50 yards and secured four of eight targets for 24 yards in the Giants' 21-6 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. He also lost a fumble.
Analysis: Barkley comfortably paced the Giants' ground attack in carries, but backfield mate Devontae Booker was much more efficient while averaging 9.3 yards per rush. Barkley's reception tally, modest as it was, co-led New York, but he's paying few dividends for fantasy managers relative to draft position, even after the jettisoning of Jason Garrett as offensive coordinator. Barkley has encouragingly averaged logged double-digit carries and recorded multiple receptions in each of the four games Freddie Kitchens has largely taken over playcalling duties, yet he's averaged 4.0 yards per carry or fewer in three of those contests. Barkley's next opportunity to turn around what has been another lackluster season comes in a Week 16 road trip to Philadelphia for a divisional clash against the Eagles.
Dec 19, 2021 2:07 PM EST
Barkley (ankle) isn't on the final injury report for Sunday's game against Dallas, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Barkley should be fine for his usual role as the centerpiece of a struggling New York offense. The matchup with Dallas isn't especially promising, but Barkley's workload keeps him as a solid fantasy starter even in a disappointing, injury-riddled season.
Dec 17, 2021 11:44 AM EST
Barkley (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Barkley's ability to get back on the practice field in some fashion Thursday suggests that his absence from Wednesday's session was maintenance-related. So long as he maintains limited activity Friday or upgrades to full participation, Barkley should be on track to fill a lead role out of New York's backfield Sunday against Dallas. In his four outings since returning from a four-game stay on injured reserve due to an ankle sprain, Barkley is averaging 16.3 touches for 69.5 yards from scrimmage and 0.25 touchdowns per contest.
Dec 16, 2021 12:31 PM EST
Barkley (ankle) was a non-participant at Wednesday's walkthrough, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Barkley continues to nurse the ankle issue that forced him to sit out Weeks 6-9. Since his return to action Week 11, he's averaged 16.3 touches for 69.5 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring one TD through the air over four outings. His offensive snap share also has ranged between 56 and 86 percent during that span. Barkley has two more chances to get on the practice field this week before the Giants potentially tag him with a designation for Sunday's contest against the Cowboys.
Dec 15, 2021 12:48 PM EST
Barkley ran for 64 yards on 16 carries and caught three passes for 31 yards and one touchdown on three targets against the Chargers on Sunday.
Analysis: The per-carry returns were slightly disappointing against a Chargers defense that normally struggles to contain the ground game, but it was encouraging to see Barkley take up a big workload in this, his fourth game back from his major Week 5 ankle injury. In Week 15 Barkley gets a rematch against the Dallas defense he injured himself in that ill-fated Week 5 game.
Dec 12, 2021 5:14 PM EST
Barkley (ankle) isn't on the injury report for Sunday's game in Los Angeles, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Barkley will face one of the league's worst run defenses and is probably healthier than the Giants' other key playmakers, but it's been tough sledding all year for both him and Devontae Booker, running behind a subpar O-line while also dealing with poor QB play. That's especially true with Daniel Jones (neck) out for at least one more week, though backup Mike Glennon (Q/concussion) at least is expected to play. Barkley's workload keeps him locked in as a starter in nearly any fantasy format, coming off 11 carries and nine targets on 75 percent snap share in last week's 20-9 loss at Miami.
Dec 10, 2021 1:59 PM EST
Barkley (ankle) was limited at Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com, Barkley was spotted with a heavy tape job on his left ankle during the team stretch, but he proceeded to look OK during drills. The result was a second session in a row with a cap on his reps as the Giants manage his health, and it remains to be seen if he'll avoid a designation entirely upon the release of Friday's injury report.
Dec 9, 2021 2:02 PM EST
Barkley (ankle) was limited at Wednesday's walkthrough session, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
Analysis: Barkley has returned to his typical workload the past two games, sitting between 75 and 86 percent snap share en route to 34 touches for 127 yards from scrimmage. His inclusion on Wednesday's report likely is maintenance-based more than anything, but his status now will need to be monitored as the week goes on.
Dec 8, 2021 12:21 PM EST
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