Saquon Barkley: I know I am same player I was before torn ACL

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Giants head coach Joe Judge claimed to be encouraged by the team’s offensive performance in Sunday’s 20-9 loss to the Dolphins, but most people who watched the game would have come up with other ways of describing an offense that produced 250 yards en route to their eighth loss of the season.

The Giants were playing without quarterback Daniel Jones and a pair of wide receivers, which would seem to set the stage for running back Saquon Barkley to put the offense on his shoulders. The second overall pick of the 2018 draft managed 55 rushing yards on 11 carries and 19 receiving yards on six catches, but also dropped a pair of passes and admitted that he’s “not affecting the game” as a runner.

Some who have watched Barkley suggest that he hasn’t returned to the form he showed before last year’s torn ACL, but Barkley rejected that notion after Sunday’s loss.

“It’s week whatever in the NFL, no one is 100 percent physically. That’s their opinion, but I know I am,” Barkley said, via

The Giants were terrible before Barkley tore his ACL and they remain terrible through 12 games of this season, so there seems to be little point in arguing whether or not he’s the same player he was before last season’s injury because he’s never done anything to help the Giants win games and there’s little sign that’s going to change in the final five weeks of this season.

17 responses to “Saquon Barkley: I know I am same player I was before torn ACL

  1. Unfortunately you are on the same team as you were before the ACL. It would be in the best interest of both parties if Barkley moves on to another team.

    The last thing the Giants need to do is pay a market setting contract to an RB.

  2. I disagree with Barkley’s self-assessment that he’s “Not affecting the game as a runner.”

  3. Never ever ever draft a RB in the 1st round. Especially high. I have all the respect for what they go through physically but they are a dime a dozen

  4. First round running backs are always a gamble. I remember Trent Richardson having a monster 1st year and the second he got traded from the Browns to the Colts was basically done being productive. One man offenses are an easy way to break a running back. Barkley is expected to be the RB1 and best receiver at the same time so good luck with that.

  5. Squon Barkley – Rookie year = 1307 yards rushing, 721 yards receiving 15 total touchdowns – rookie of the year.

    Second year – 1003 yards rushing, 438 yards receiving – 8 total touchdowns

    Year 3 – injury

    No, Saquon has not bounced back from his injury. The offensive line hasn’t helped either – but they had nothing to do with is dropping catchable balls yesterday or his tentative post injury running style. But where its fair to say he hasn’t helped them win games recently, it wasn’t always true.

  6. He’s probably not all the way back, but even Jonathan Taylor wouldn’t be doing much behind the Giants O-line. There is only 1 player who should be starting in the NFL. There is never really a push and holes are rare. That’s why it was utterly pointless to pick a RB #2 overall when your O-line sucks. Thanks for nothing, Gettleman. To think that he has passed on Quentin Nelson and Slater with a line like this is infuriating.

  7. Barkley should run and finish runs more becoming of a man his size instead of the ballerina version we all too often see.

  8. Money and draft picks are better spent on the o-line. Get a good one of those and the Pollards, Mattisons, and Ekelers of the world can do the same job.

  9. Harper says:
    December 6, 2021 at 8:13 am
    Never ever ever draft a RB in the 1st round. Especially high. I have all the respect for what they go through physically but they are a dime a dozen


    This is why the RBBC is here to stay. It’s much better to develop a system where average running backs can be productive than it is to have one outlier with freakish athletic ability who you might lose at any moment..

  10. I don’t watch the Giants every week but what I have seen of them this season, Barkley looks almost like “old” Le’Veon Bell. Pedestrian slow.

  11. He was a total non-factor in this game. His stat line is misleading as he had one 23 yard run. So his other 10 carries yielded 32 yards. He clearly has hesitation and a lack of burst right now. Hopefully next year it will be back as you hate to see guys have their careers derailed so early.

  12. He’s not even remotely the same player as before his injury. No burst or cutting ability anymore. He used to be able to leap sideways 3 yards and take off up the field. He now can’t do that at all anymore, and goes down after the first arm tackle. He’s average at best and maybe even below average. I’m a Giants fan and it’s disappointing to see he’s lost his magic. Not even close to being the same runner. He’s toast.

  13. This guy can’t do anything without a monster hole. He doesn’t burst through, he waits and dances just like jodave5 said – Le’Veon Bell. Saquon is like a hitter that refuses to change even when his swing is broken because of whatever reason.

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