Saquon Barkley feeling “that’s the guy I know” about his early season success

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Giants running back Saquon Barkley is second in the NFL in rushing yards heading into this Sunday’s game against the Bears and that’s one sign that he’s rebounded from a dismal 2021 season.

Another came last Monday night when Barkley cut back and ran 36 yards for a touchdown against the Cowboys. It wasn’t enough to get the Giants a win, but Barkley said at a Thursday press conference that the play made him feel like he is back to being the kind of back he was in his first couple of NFL seasons.

“Yeah, you know, not to be arrogant, when you see plays like when I went back, and you watch film on the touchdown run I had on Monday, making that jump cut inside a hole and making those two guys miss and find a way to score,” Barkley said. “Those are the plays where it’s like, kind of put a smile on your face and you’re like, ‘That’s the guy I know. That’s the guy who always was there.’ He was there last year to be completely honest; I just had a hard time finding a way to bring him out. That’s coming with a mental disconnect, I lost confidence, and its human nature. That happens. You’re going to have your ups and downs in life, but you got to find a way not to waiver and continue to trust yourself, continue to trust the process, and just find belief in yourself again. I feel like I’m starting to do that also with the help of the coaches and my teammates.”

In addition to staying productive, staying healthy will be a key for Barkley over the rest of the season if he is going to fully position himself as being back to the form that made him a star upon entering the league as the second overall pick in 2018. If he can pull both off, how he and the Giants handle contract talks next offseason will be interesting to watch.

6 responses to “Saquon Barkley feeling “that’s the guy I know” about his early season success

  1. Third person quotes? Does he think he’s Ricky Henderson? There are undrafted free agents in the league better than Barkley

  2. Should be interesting to see if Giants’ resign Saquon. If healthy and performing, he is a fan favorite and face of the team. But they could draft a RB in the fourth round who could replace him somewhat for a fraction of the price.

  3. The Giants are going to have a LOT of cap space going into the 2023 season. With that said, Im very weary of paying Saquon what he’s likely going to want if he winds up having a monster year. Too many teams have recently been stung by handing running backs tons of money on their 2nd contracts. The Giants have to be careful (and again, this is assuming Barkley actually does have a huge 2022 season).

  4. I don’t care how great his season is, he will have a tough time getting the contract extension he thinks he deserves.

  5. No way the G-men resign this guy He’s a shell of what he was and I’m sure he wants top money that he thinks he should get.

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