Saquon Barkley: I’m not hurt, I have to be better

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Running back Saquon Barkley rebounded from a dreadful game against the Jets when the Giants played the Bears last Sunday, but the bounce back wasn’t quite as high as many would have liked.

Barkley managed 59 yards on 17 carries, including a 22-yard run to set up a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was the fifth time in as many games since his return from a sprained ankle that he failed to hit 75 yards and the fourth straight game where he failed to average four yards a carry.

After running for 1 yard on 13 carries against the Jets, Barkley was emphatic that there wasn’t a health reason to shut him down for the year. On Wednesday, he again pushed back at the idea that he’s hurting by saying “nobody is 100 percent” so no one should use that as an excuse for his drop in production.

“I have to be better,” Barkley said, via the New York Post. “I’m going to keep working. I put in my notes today: ‘The great ones figure it out.’ And I want to be great. I’m going to figure it out.”

Neither Barkley nor the Giants have been able to figure out much this season and they’ll get another chance against Green Bay’s 26th-ranked rush defense this Sunday.

6 responses to “Saquon Barkley: I’m not hurt, I have to be better

  1. SB is a finesse back…Not a power back.

    Doesn’t like to take hits or give them.

    Pass blocking skills are awful.

    SB doesn’t fight for the dirty yards.

    Doubt he will get extended with the Giants.

  2. Pat Shurmur is the reason Saquon can’t get anything going. The teams offense isn’t conducive to his abilities. Play him like the Patriots have played James White in the past. Screens, throws in the flat, etc. Sure, run him between the tackles, but do it from the spread. Just copy what other teams do with explosive players like that. Get them in the open field where they have a chance to make guys miss.

  3. bullcharger says:
    November 28, 2019 at 8:20 am
    Pat Shurmur is the reason Saquon can’t get anything going. The teams offense isn’t conducive to his abilities.

    This is exactly why you draft a player that fits into your system, not the BPA and just hope he works out, BB has shown us that for >15yrs now!

    This is the reason I hate seeing the worst teams picking first in the draft, its ruined a lot of great players by going to the worst teams. This is why I’ve been advocating the 1st round of the draft going in reverse order for over 10yrs, it’ll stop all this BS of tanking for a player and also it’ll make teams play harder during the season! All sending the best QBs to the worst teams has done is sent the bust rate to 70% over the last two decades for QBs, its obviously NOT WORKING OUT as the NFL had planned! And the other positions where the player does end up being good/great most of the time they just end up being trade bait a couple years later so why even give those horrible teams such a good player just because they suck, make them earn those good/great players! Its like the players are getting punished when they enter the NFL for being the best players at their positions in college.

    BTW what’s it called when you keep doing the same things over and over and expecting a different result?

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