Will we see Saquon Barkley return to full force?
By: Charlie Vakassian
With the offseason underway for the New York Giants, it is time to look at each position, see who will stay or go, and evaluate potential upgrades at the position. Today we will look at the running back position, where no man is safe, not even star back Saquon Barkley.
Barkley was underwhelmed over the course of the 2021 season, as he missed several games due to an ankle injury, and when he came back did not look like the Saquon Barkley of old. With only 856 all-purpose yards, it was a year to forget for Barkley. He may be a potential trade candidate if the Giants can find a partner, as Barkley is owed over seven million dollars this year, and the Giants may need to find a way to shed some cap space. Realistically, Barkley should be back with New York for one more season, as he will look to build a case for an extension with a big 2022.
Free Agency Options
The only way the Giants go down this path is if they want to cut ties with backup Devontae Booker, who was a very solid fill-in when Barkley went down, totaling over 860 all-purpose yards. Some of the best backs on the market will be Melvin Gordon, Leonard Fournette, and Cordarelle Patterson. The Giants will shop in the lower tier of the market if they deem it necessary, and some names to watch will be guys like Phillip Lindsay, J.D McKissic, and Boston Scott.
I’m not going to waste time discussing big trade options since trading for a running back is not too likely. In the draft, the Giants could look to the middle/late rounds to find a complement to Barkley. Some names to watch include Zach Charbonnet out of UCLA, Brian Robinson out of Alabama, and Kyren Williams from Notre Dame.
This will likely be one of the few positions where there will be very little to no roster turnover. Barkley and Booker are a fine pair, and if Barkley is healthy and at 100 percent, he is one of the best running backs in football. Do not look for change here, just hope for the best.