Saquon Barkley had a record-setting 2018 season, including becoming just the third rookie in history to eclipse 2000 yards from scrimmage. These historic performances had Giants fans and many others looking forward to what Barkley may pose in the 2019 campaign. So how did Barkley truly do this past season? Let’s find out!
To open the season, Barkley posted 120 yards on 11 carries with no score on the ground, with nothing of note in the passing game. He followed that up with another impressive line up in Buffalo, 107 yards on 18 carries and a score, with 28 yards on 3 receptions. In the third contest of the year against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Barkley exited shortly before half time with what ended up being a high-ankle sprain. The typical prognosis and recovery time for this injury is 6-8 weeks but Barkley returned in 3 weeks against the Arizona Cardinals, off an extra amount of rest after the Thursday night game in New England. There seemed no immediate impact as Barkley put up 72 yards on 18 carries and 1 TD on the ground, but the injury lingered for Barkley, as you could see going forward, he wasn’t he was hitting his holes as quick or cutting as seamless as before. This was evident with Barkley’s lowest mark of the season to that point, 64 yards on 19 carries, but at the same time he logged 79 yards on 8 receptions with a TD. In the second game against the Cowboys, Barkley looked lackluster besides a huge 65 yard reception. This decrease in volume and average output continued until an uptick against the Packers, 83 yards on 18 carries and 32 yards on 3 receptions with a long of 27. Barkley fell back down to earth on the road against the Eagles but seemed to return back to 2018 form to close out the season. 112 yard, 2 TDs on 24 attempts against the Dolphins and the best game of his career in Washington with 22 carries, 124 yards and a touchdown, along with 4 receptions for 90 yards with huge spikes of a 22.2 average and a long of 55 yards.
If you’re looking at Saquon Barkley’s 2019 season in a large scope, it was a very good season of football. The bad stretch in the midst of the year can definitely be attributed to the fact that his ankle wasn’t 100% healed and his return to form gives me plenty of reassurance. Before Eli’s second wind as starter, Saquon averaged 5.4 receptions for 42.6 yards, a full reception more than that with Jones in (4.4), but Lastly, if 2019 has shown us anything it’s that with a smart coach and solid system, a running game can lead to a winning formula, look at the Ravens, Titans and Packers. With that being said, if Joe Judge can bring in a top of the line offensive coordinator, Barkley can truly be a focal point of the Giants offense.
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