Here’s a phrase you don’t hear that often: Giants fans, we have good news!
Saquon Barkley is “on track” to be ready for the start of the 2021 NFL season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The New York running back suffered a torn right ACL in the Giants’ Week 2 loss to the Bears and missed the rest of the 2020 campaign. He underwent successful surgery in October, giving him almost a full year to recover from the injury.
The loss of Barkley was a huge blow to New York’s offense, which had to rely on a running back committee of Devonta Freeman, Wayne Gallman, Dion Lewis and Alfred Morris. With no real home-run threat in the backfield and quarterback Daniel Jones still developing in his second season as the starter, the Giants finished 6-10 overall and had the second-worst offense in the NFL in terms of yards per game.
Barkley’s return should provide a major boost for a franchise that is looking to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2016. The 24-year-old rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons. He also emerged as a key part of the passing game, totaling 91 receptions for 721 yards as a rookie.
New York bolstered its offensive attack by signing wide receiver Kenny Golladay in free agency, but the Giants could still add to the unit at the 2021 NFL Draft. They hold six total picks, including the No. 11 overall selection.