Saquon Barkley Insists He’s Not Hurt

Giants’ RB Slumping Since Return From Ankle Injury

Brandon Contes
November 27, 2019 - 8:05 pm

After a stellar rookie campaign, Giants' fans expected Saquon Barkley to be a constant even when the team is bad, but his sophomore season has been disappointing. 

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The Giants’ running back started strong with Eli Manning under center, gaining over 100 yards on the ground in each of his first two games this season. Barkley injured his ankle during Week 3, which also happened to be the first start for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. According to Barkley, injuries aren’t contributing to his lack of production.

While meeting with reporters Wednesday, Barkley interrupted a question about his 22 yard run in Sunday’s game against the Bears.

“Did I look hurt, no so let’s stop making the excuse that I’m hurt,” Barkley said, “I’m not hurt. Let’s stop making the excuse that I’m not 100%, no one’s 100%.”

Barkley averaged 10.9 yards per carry in Week 1 and 5.9 yards in Week 2, but the running back hasn't generated more than 4 yards per attempt in any game since.

“I can pull up multiple clips where you can look back and you can see I’m doing the same thing that I did in college or I did my first year.”

Barkley has slumped for the Giants as both a playmaker and a pass blocker while trying to protect Daniel Jones.

 Giants running back Saquon Barkley runs in the 1st quarter against the Cowboys Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ
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“This season’s not going the way I would like it,” Barkley said. “I’m not gonna put the blame on anyone else. You’ve got to point the finger at yourself first.”

Barkley was selected by the Giants with the second overall pick in the 2018 Draft. The running back won the NFL Offensive Player of the Year award during his rookie season, gaining over 2,000 total yards while breaking both league and Giants' records. Year two, however, has been a different story. Sidelined by an ankle injury Weeks 4 through 6, averaging just 2.7 yards per carry since returning.

Still, Barkley expects to regain his Pro Bowl form, telling reporters, “the great ones figure it out and I wanna be great and I’m going to figure it out.”