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Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley

Running Back #26
Team: New York Giants
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 233 lb.
College:Penn State
Born:February 7, 1997
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 1 (2)
Draft Team:NYG

Saquon Barkley: Bound for surgery next week

Barkley is scheduled to undergo surgery next Thursday to repair the torn ACL in his right knee, Andrea Kremer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Though Barkley suffered the season-ending injury back on Sept. 20, he's delayed surgery more than a month while recovering from a less severe MCL strain in the same knee. With his MCL having now healed, Barkley should be at lower risk for any complications with his ACL reconstruction, leaving both the Giants and his doctors hopeful that he'll be ready to go for the start of training camp next year. Since Barkley went down with the knee injury, the Giants have leaned on Devonta Freeman as their main option in the backfield, but he's managed only 3.2 yards per carry across 54 totes through five outings.

October 23, 2020 10:33 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: IR move official

The Giants placed Barkley (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The transaction was merely a formality after Barkley underwent an MRI on Monday that confirmed he sustained a season-ending ACL tear in right knee during the Giants' Week 2 loss to the Bears. The Giants have yet to set a date for Barkley's knee surgery, but assuming he experiences no snags in the recovery process, he should be ready to go for the start of the 2020 campaign. In the meantime, Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman are tentatively in line to handle the bulk of the Giants' snaps and touches out of the backfield Week 3, though New York is believed to be considering bringing aboard ex-Falcons starter Devonta Freeman to provide additional competition.

September 22, 2020 11:03 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Season-ending injury confirmed

Barkley suffered a torn right ACL during Sunday's loss to the Bears, the severity of which has been confirmed by an MRI.

Analysis: Barkley is slated to undergo season-ending ACL surgery in the near future. The superstar running back should have plenty of time to return to full health for 2021, but for the time being the Giants will proceed with Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman out of the backfield. The team will also host veteran free agent Devonta Freeman for a visit this week, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com.

September 21, 2020 9:06 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: ACL tear feared

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network relays that "based on the manual tests and initial diagnosis," it appears as though Barkley suffered an ACL tear Sunday against the Bears.

Analysis: That echoes a report from ESPN's Jordan Raanan, which previously noted that the Giants fear that their star running back tore his ACL. The team will thus have to brace for the possibility of the running back being lost for the season, but such an outcome won't be determined, one way or the other, until after Barkley undergoes further tests Monday. Next up for the Giants' carries are Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman (who was inactive Sunday), but we suspect that if a long-term injury is confirmed here, the team will look to add backfield help in short order.

September 20, 2020 2:07 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: May have torn ACL

Barkley suffered a severe right knee injury during Sunday's contest at Chicago, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Giants "fear" Barkley has an ACL tear, and while such an injury is "certainly within the realm" of possibility, he'll undergo additional tests Monday to determine the true extent of the issue. If the worst comes to be true, he'll miss the rest of the 2020 campaign and spend much of the upcoming offseason in recovery mode. Behind Barkley, Dion Lewis and fullback Elijhaa Penny were the team's only other active running backs Sunday, while Wayne Gallman was a healthy scratch. Considering that stable, New York may explore the free-agent ranks, which still includes Devonta Freeman.

September 20, 2020 12:55 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Ruled out Sunday

Barkley (undisclosed) won't return to Sunday's game in Chicago.

Analysis: Barkley was injured on the first play of the second quarter, grabbing at his right leg before needing a cart to get to the locker room. Around the time Barkley was ruled out, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reported the running back was getting X-rays on his right knee. With Barkley out, the Giants are down to one active RB (Dion Lewis).

September 20, 2020 10:59 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Needs cart to get off field

Barkley (undisclosed) was carted to the locker room during Sunday's game at Chicago, Adam Jahns of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Over the course of a few plays in the first half, Barkley went to the sideline after an 18-yard run to have his left arm or wrist examined, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. Then, Barkley grabbed at his right leg after a play a short time later, according to Raanan. The nature of the injury that knocked Barkley out isn't known, but Dion Lewis will serve as the Giants' running back for the time being.

September 20, 2020 10:50 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Stymied on the ground

Barkley finished with 15 carries for just six yards and caught six of nine targets for 60 yards in Monday night's 26-16 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Barkley was stuffed while being subjected to predictable runs calls behind a porous offensive line, resulting in the second-fewest single-game rushing yards of his career. The tailback still made a highlight-reel play, however, hurdling his way to a 38-yard gain from a screen pass in the second quarter. Barkley's involvement in the pass game -- where he tied for the team lead in targets -- salvaged some value, but he'll nonetheless be eager to improve on Monday's dreadful start in Week 2 at the Bears.

September 14, 2020 7:11 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Works at Friday's scrimmage

Barkley (undisclosed) worked a number of offensive units during Friday's intrasquad scrimmage, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.

Analysis: Barkley came up limping after attempting to break a tackle at Monday's practice, but his presence in the lineup Friday indicates he's more or less healthy. During one possession in particular, he sandwiched two short rushes around a 15-yard catch and run for a first down, per Paul Dottino of the Giants' official site. With his all-around skill set on display, Barkley again is considered one of the top fantasy assets as he looks to avoid the injuries that set him back a bit last season.

August 28, 2020 5:08 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Doesn't finish practice Monday

Barkley (undisclosed) "limped off the field" after attempting to break a tackle during 11-on-11 drills Monday, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. The running did return to the field afterward, but was held out of the last two periods of practice.

Analysis: Given that Barkley rejoined his teammates, this appears to be a minor issue, though we'll revisit his status to see if he's able to practice fully the next time the Giants convene. Barkley, the team's undisputed top back, approaches the 2020 campaign as one of the top-ranked players in fantasy football, part of an elite running back tier that also includes Christian McCaffrey and Ezekiel Elliott.

August 24, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Looking for improvement

Barkley believes he still has room for improvement, mentioning pass protection as one clear area for growth, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports.

Analysis: Barkley's pass blocking doesn't really matter for fantasy purposes, as his receiving ability should keep him on the field for all three downs. The only thing to slow him down through two seasons was the high ankle sprain he suffered last September, and he still managed 1,003 rushing yards, 438 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games, with 37 percent of his yardage and five of the TDs coming in the final three weeks of December. The 23-year-old now enters his third pro season as the popular No. 2 overall pick in fantasy drafts, working under a new coaching staff led by Joe Judge and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. The Giants aren't likely to rank near the top of the league in carries, but Barkley is nonetheless a viable candidate to lead the NFL in touches. Plus, he already has 10 career runs of 40-plus yards, ranking fourth among active players behind only Adrian Peterson (35), Frank Gore (20) and LeSean McCoy (17).

August 12, 2020 6:00 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Finds end zone in finale

Barkley carried the ball 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown and caught three of four targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Most of his production came on a 68-yard TD run late in the third quarter that proved to be the final points of the season for the Giants. Barkley had a strong finish to 2019, gaining 539 scrimmage yards and five touchdowns over the final three games, and on the season he amassed 1,003 rushing yards and six TDs on the ground while catching 52 of 73 targets for 438 yards and two more scores despite missing three games with an ankle injury. Assuming he can stay healthy next year, expect Barkley to put together numbers more like his dynamic rookie season, especially if Daniel Jones continues to develop and prevents defenses from being able to stack the box.

December 29, 2019 6:38 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Piles up 279 scrimmage yards

Barkley carried 22 times for 189 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Giants. He also caught four passes for 90 yards and another score in the 41-35 win.

Analysis: Barkley gashed the Washington run defense for 8.6 yards per carry, with his best effort resulting in a 67-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He was also a huge factor in the passing game as he added a 33-yard touchdown catch en route to his best receiving output of the season. Barkley now has 422 yards from scrimmage to go along with four touchdowns over the last two weeks and will look to finish the season strong next Sunday at home against the Eagles.

December 22, 2019 2:36 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Has best game when it matters most

Barkley rushed 24 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns while adding four catches for 31 yards on five targets in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Barkley doubled his season rushing touchdown total, converting from one yard out in the third quarter and adding a 10-yard score six seconds into the fourth. He also topped 100 yards on the ground for the first time since Week 2. Barkley hasn't lived up to his billing as an early first-round pick in most fantasy drafts, but all will be forgiven if he continues to shine when it matters most in the fantasy playoffs. He had a potential third rushing score vultured by Javorius Allen with the game out of hand late, but Barkley nonetheless delivered his best performance of the season. He'll look to build on this effort when the Giants visit Washington in Week 16.

December 15, 2019 1:19 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Quiet against Eagles

Barkley rushed 17 times for 66 yards and caught three of four targets for one yard in Monday night's 23-17 overtime loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Barkley was bottled up fairly well, as his long rush of the night went for only 11 yards. The tailback also barely produced anything in the passing game, keeping him under 100 scrimmage yards for the sixth time over his last eight outings. With just two touchdowns over that same span, Barkley has certainly struggled some in his second season, but next faces a Dolphins defense that's surrendered the third-most total yards and rushing yards thus far, offering hope for improvement in Week 15.

December 9, 2019 8:45 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Tallies 115 yards in loss

Barkley ran for 83 yards on 19 carries and added 32 yards on three catches during Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Barkley was a strong play Sunday against a strong pass defense in wintery elements and the sophomore back didn't disappoint, topping 100 total yards for the first time since Week 8. Barkley has incredible talent, but has struggled both with an ankle injury earlier in the season and defenses keying on him with rookie Daniel Jones under center. He averaged 137.0 yards per game and a touchdown in two outings with Eli Manning, while he's mustered 80.1 total yards per game in seven games with Jones with just two total touchdowns. Next up is a stingy Eagles run defense.

December 1, 2019 1:57 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Limited in loss

Barkley rushed 17 times for 59 yards and caught two of three targets for one yard in Sunday's 19-14 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: Chicago's defense did a good job of limiting Barkley, especially as a receiver out of the backfield, as he set season lows in both catches and receiving yards. Barkley has been mostly a decoy in the red zone, as he remains stuck on just two rushing touchdowns and one receiving score this season. He's also failed to eclipse 100 yards on the ground since doing so in each of the season's first two games. Barkley will hope to get back on track when the Packers come to town in Week 13.

November 24, 2019 2:24 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Not on Wednesday's report

Barkley (shoulder) wasn't listed on the Giants' injury report Wednesday.

Analysis: Coming off a Week 11 bye, Barkley is past the shoulder injury that he picked up in the Giants' last game Nov. 10 against the Jets. In the aftermath of his worst performance of the season -- 18 touches for 31 yards from scrimmage and no TDs -- he relayed he has no desire to be rested at any point down the stretch, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. With his health now intact, Barkley will turn his focus first to Sunday's matchup at Chicago, whose defense has allowed 129.7 yards from scrimmage per game and 11 touchdowns to running backs in 10 contests this season.

November 20, 2019 12:27 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Plans on maintaining big workload

Barkley (shoulder) has no interest in being rested down the stretch of this season, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. "The mindset of sitting me out and resting me for the rest of the season is beyond me," Barkley said. "I do not agree with it. It won't happen."

Analysis: Barkley heads into a Week 11 bye nursing a minor shoulder injury, and he may also be dealing with some impact from the high-ankle sprain he suffered in September. However, he said health hasn't been a factor in his recent struggles on the ground, noting that he's still been able to make defenders miss when he's found some open space. With his shoulder expected to be fine, Barkley likely will handle his usual workload when the Giants return to action Week 12 in Chicago. The idea of scaling back his touches at the very end of the season isn't crazy, but the Giants didn't take that approach when they dropped out of contention last season, as the running back averaging 18 carries and four catches per game in five December appearances, including an 83 percent snap share and 142 scrimmage yards Week 17.

November 13, 2019 7:17 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: No injury designation

Barkley (ankle) logged another full practice Friday and doesn't have a game designation on the final injury report for Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals.

Analysis: A full participant throughout the week, Barkley has declared himself ready for his usual workload in a prime matchup with the struggling Arizona defense. Coach Pat Shurmur declined to comment on the star running back when he talked to the media after Friday's practice, per Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record.

October 18, 2019 9:40 AM EST

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