- Saquon Barkley was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl selection in 2018
- Repeated injuries have limited Barkley’s effectiveness in recent years
- Barkley says he’s now back to 100 percent and New York Giants fans are pumped up
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Saquon Barkley Was One Of The Best Running Backs In The NFL
Saquon Barkley’s rookie season put the entirely of the NFL on notice.
The New York Giants selected Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and were immediately repaid for their faith in the Penn State product.
Barkley put up ridiculous stats in his rookie year, rushing for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns in addition to making 91 catches for 721 yards and four touchdowns. For his efforts, Barkley was named the league’s offensive rookie of the year. He was also selected to his first career Pro Bowl.
Injuries Have Taken Their Toll
Since then, Barkley has yet to complete a full season for the Giants and played in just two games in 2020 after tearing his ACL. Barkley has also struggled with injuries to his ankle and calf over the last three seasons. His highest rushing total since his rookie year was 1,0003 yards and he’s caught just a total of 99 balls in the three seasons since 2018.
Barkley Back To 100 Percent
Now, Barkley says that he’s back to 100 percent and has his swagger back.
This admission from Saquon Barkley caught my attention. His confidence took a hit in recent years.
“I was way more confident player in college and early in my career than I was prior to last year,” he said Wednesday.
Now, healthy, his swagger is back.https://t.co/8zfVsn4GFt
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) June 8, 2022
Not only did Barkley tell media at Giants’ minicamp that he’s regained his health, but for the New York bell cow says that he’s regained confidence that he says was lost due to the injuries.
This admission has led to a lot of excitement from Giants’ fans hoping to see a big season in 2022 from No. 26.
— Dean Parker (@deanmillaparker) June 8, 2022
I am all in and I mean ALL in on a Saquon bounceback year. It's coming. https://t.co/AxfoahT9Jf
— Sam Farley (@FarleyWrites) June 8, 2022
All the reports about Saquon being fully healthy and ready to have a huge year pic.twitter.com/pV41YBOV0q
— Luke Jett (@LukeJett) June 8, 2022
Saquon says he fully trusts his knee again and Daboll is using him like they did at Penn State. Oh Yeah it’s UP! pic.twitter.com/TqzyXdJybd
— BigBlueStan (@BigBluStan) June 8, 2022
🏈Saquon today: "I think this offense is going to put our playmakers in position to make plays, whether it's post-snap, pre-snap, giving us looks so we can good out there and let our talent go and work. I'm excited not only for myself but for all the playmakers…" Finally! #NYG
— Kim Jones (@KimJonesSports) June 8, 2022
If Barkley is truly healthy and with head coach in Brian Daboll, the Giants could be a sneaky bet to make noise in the NFC East.