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Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley

Running Back #26
ADP:Round: 1, Pick: 6
Team: New York Giants
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 233 lb.
College:Penn State
Age:24
Born:February 7, 1997
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 1 (2)
Draft Team:NYG

Saquon Barkley: Locked in through 2022

The Giants picked up the fifth-year option on Barkley's (knee) rookie contract Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Following this decision, Barkley will earn a shade over $7.2 million guaranteed during the 2022 campaign. Currently in the midst of his recovery from a torn ACL in Week 2 of last season, he's on pace to be ready for Week 1 once September arrives. At the moment, Devontae Booker is the primary backup to Barkley, barring a selection in the upcoming NFL Draft.

April 28, 2021 2:55 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: On track for Week 1

Barkley (knee) is on track to be ready for the start of the coming season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Giants' star running back tore his ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season, but his recovery is apparently progressing well enough that he's expected to be available for Week 1 action. As the NFL draft approaches, Barkley's top backup is Devontae Booker, but it's quite possible that the team will add further backfield depth with one of its six 2021 selections.

April 28, 2021 10:12 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Extension not coming soon

Giants co-owner John Mara said Wednesday that the team is "not in any hurry" to extend Barkley (knee) a long-term extension, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Mara also said that he hopes Barkley is a "Giant for life" and that he's fully confident the star running back will return to full health, but this is nonetheless a murky situation. According to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, general manager Dave Gettleman said recently that Barkley's injuries have complicated the team's looming decision about whether to pick up his fifth-year option, a choice that will need to be made this spring. Barkley has undeniably been slowed by injury ever since winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2018, and in 2020 he had just 19 carries for 34 yards in two contests before tearing his right ACL. All recent news regarding Barkley's recovery process has at least been positive, so it's difficult to imagine New York simply letting him walk after 2021. However, it's also worth noting that under the new CBA all fifth-year options are fully guaranteed upon being exercised, which could be the causing the Giants to be more cautious after spending heavily in free agency.

March 31, 2021 1:20 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Progressing well

Though Barkley, who's bouncing back from knee surgery, indicated that he's doing "doing really well" in his injury rehab, the running back has yet to outline a target date for his return to action, ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Barkley tore his right ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season and underwent surgery to address the issue on Oct. 30. Given the timing of his season-ending procedure, he would appear to have a solid chance to be ready to run behind the Giants' revamped offensive line in time for the team's 2021 opener. That said, it remains to be seen when Barkley -- and his teammates for that matter -- next take the field in any capacity.

February 3, 2021 1:06 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Planning rehab with OBJ

Barkley (knee) plans to do rehab work with Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, es reports.

Analysis: The former teammates both suffered ACL tears this past fall, with Barkley having surgery Oct. 30 and Beckham getting his Nov. 10. MCL damage forced Barkley to wait more than a month after the initial injury to have surgery, with doctors then repairing a torn ACL and meniscus. The running back already acknowledged that the meniscus repair could delay the weight-bearing portion of his rehab, making his progress one of the top developments to track for fantasy football throughout spring and summer. Barkley is entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, though the Giants can lock him in through 2022 with a fifth-year option -- a decision they'll need to make this spring.

January 20, 2021 8:03 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Details ACL recovery

Barkley remains without a target return date from his October surgery to repair a torn ACL, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Barkley spoke to the media at length for the first time since his late-October surgery, providing details on the situation surrounding the injury. One item addressed was the reason he had to wait six weeks after his injury, explaining that it was necessary to have his MCL heal before going under the knife. Barkley added that he also had his meniscus repaired during the October procedure, and that aspect of his injury will delay the weight-bearing portion of his rehab a bit further. With all that in mind, Barkley expressed a great deal of confidence in himself despite failing to disclose whether or not he believes he'll be ready for the start of 2021. He elected not to discuss playing the season without a contract extension.

December 3, 2020 6:48 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Undergoes surgery

Barkley underwent surgery Saturday to repair the torn ACL in his right knee, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Barkley had his surgery delayed almost a month while he recovered from a less severe MCL strain, but it's now complete. The star running back will now begin the arduous process of rehabbing the injury with both the team and doctors hopeful Barkley can make a full recovery by the start of training camp next year.

October 31, 2020 2:44 PM EST

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

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