RB Tiki Barber - Free Agent

5-10, 195Born: 4-7-1975College: VirginiaDrafted: Round 2, pick 0

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2006 Week 1 vs IND (18 / 110 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)

Barber was the Giants' offensive workhorse, eating up large chunks of yardage on the ground and turning all five of his targets into receptions. His long was only 17 yards, but he had several go for more than five. He seemed to get winded a couple of times, and was spelled somewhat frequently by Brandon Jacobs. He didn't reach the end zone, as all of his work was done getting the team down the field.

2006 Week 2 vs PHI (21 / 51 / 0 rush, 12 / 7 / 57 / 0 rec)

Barber was kept in check for the first three quarters, as he managed to amass just 14 yards rushing on ten attempts to that point. He did add five catches for 44 yards in the opening three periods, but Barber contributed more in the fourth quarter and in overtime. Barber had nine plays for five or more yards after the third quarter (one was lost due to a penalty), which enabled him to accumulate over 100 total yards. Despite being held from scoring, Barber kept the Giants in the game by moving the chains and perpetuating the final scoring drives.

2006 Week 3 vs SEA (14 / 64 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec)

Barber ran well when he got the ball on the ground, rushing for 64 yards on 14 carries, for a 4.6 ypc average. The problem was, due to the large lead Seattle opened up, he didn't have many rushing opportunities. His long run of the game was 14 yards, and he was unable to break loose for any big plays that he's accustomed to making. He was targeted four times in the passing game, and caught all four balls, but gained only 14 yards. Seattle's defense did a good job bottling Barber up when he did get touches.

2006 Week 5 vs WAS (23 / 123 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Barber had a great game rushing the ball. He consistently found running lanes and gained good yardage, especially on first down. Barber was the foundation of the Giants' offensive attack, and coupled with Manning's high completion percentage, helped create a time of possession advantage for New York. He also contributed three catches in the passing game. Barber had four rushes for ten or more yards.

2006 Week 6 vs ATL (26 / 185 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)

Barber was the story of this game. He ran for 185 yards against a very tough Atlanta defense. He had a touchdown run reversed after the replay showed his foot was barely out of bounds at the two yard line. As usual, Barber came out of the game for Jacobs. The next play was a two yard touchdown pass to Shockey. Barber had nine runs of at least 12 yards including one that went for 29 yards. He also added three catches for 42 yards.

2006 Week 7 vs DAL (27 / 114 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)

Barber became the first player this season to gain 100 rushing yards against the Cowboys. He only had three runs in excess of ten yards, but almost every carry resulted in positive yardage. Barber fumbled the ball away in the second quarter and was hurt on the play, but he returned on the following drive and was fine. Barber again gave way to Brandon Jacobs in short yardage situations, and it was Jacobs that scored the Giants' only rushing touchdown. Barber is still scoreless on the season. He was targeted four times in the passing game, making all four catches for a total of 32 yards. In an interview shown during the game, Barber announced that he will definitely retire at the end of the season. He had his 2000th career carry during the game and lies second in yards per carry to Barry Sanders among players reaching that milestone.

2006 Week 8 vs TB (26 / 68 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Barber ran for just 68 yards on 26 carries. His longest run was 22 yards. He also caught three passes for 20 yards. While Barber didn't gain many yards per carry, he helped the Giants control the clock. Barber did get a rare carry inside the five yard line. He picked up two yards to the one yard line. As they have done all year, Barber then came out and Jacobs got the glory with a one yard touchdown run.

2006 Week 9 vs HOU (17 / 115 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

Barber continued to run well for the Giants. He had 115 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown, his first of the season. He also caught all three passes thrown to him for 40 yards. Barber had a 28 yard run called back on a holding call in the first quarter. He came back three plays later with his 16 yard touchdown run. Nine of Barber's runs resulted in first downs. Maybe the most important was in the fourth quarter with the Giants down by three points. On a third and six, Barber picked up seven yards down to the Houston 12 yard line. Three plays later, Manning hit Shockey for the go ahead touchdown.

2006 Week 10 vs CHI (19 / 141 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 16 / 0 rec)

Barber started the game red hot, gaining 40 yards on the Giants' opening drive, including runs of 18 and 21 yards. It was the reported that he had sprained his right thumb, and he suffered a cold spell as he appeared uncomfortable both holding and running with the ball. Barber got back on track in the second half, but left the game for good about half way through the fourth quarter. He still managed to have a excellent game, even without scoring a touchdown. Barber gained 141 yards on his 19 carries for an average of 7.4 yards per carry.

2006 Week 11 vs JAX (10 / 27 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Barber had a tough day and was unable to move the ball on the ground. He carried the ball 10 times for a season low total of 27 yards as the Jaguars held the Giants to 25 net rushing yards (Eli Manning was charged with minus 2 yards rushing). Barber was targeted five times in the passing game but was less effective than usual. He dropped two balls and caught two passes for 13 yard gains, but the second one was negated by a hold. Barber's problems in the receiving game may have been due to a hand injury suffered in the Giants' previous game.

2006 Week 12 vs TEN (25 / 82 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)

Barber had 25 rushes and five receptions in the game for 112 total yards, but was held out of the end zone. He had more success running in the first half, but was held largely in check by the Titans in the second half when the Giants' offense became run-oriented and highly predictable. As is the Giants' custom, Barber gave way to Brandon Jacobs in goal line situations. He did have one carry inside the ten that was stopped short at the one yard line. Barber's long run of the day was for just nine yards.

2006 Week 13 vs DAL (23 / 90 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)

Barber ran 23 times for 90 yards and also had five catches for 53 yards. He had a big 20 yard run in the second quarter on a direct snap. It got the ball into Dallas territory but the drive ended when the Giants went for it on fourth and one but failed. On the final New York drive in the fourth quarter, Barber took a short pass and broke a number of tackles to pick up 28 yards. He took it down to the Dallas 12 yard line. He caught a pass for seven yards on the next play. Manning then hit Burress for the tying touchdown. Barber had what has become a rare fumble. The Giants did recover but Barber went off the field holding his hand. He came back in the game a few plays later so he seems to be fine.

2006 Week 14 vs CAR (20 / 112 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Barber looked great running between the tackles and breaking runs to the outside. He had runs of 11, 12, 20, and 18 yards in the first half. He hit the holes with great acceleration and made people miss in the open field on his longer gains. Barber continues to be yanked anywhere near the goal line and short yardage situations. The Giants are committed to backup RB Brandon Jacobs as their short yardage bulldozer.

2006 Week 15 vs PHI (19 / 75 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 29 / 0 rec)

Barber scored on an 11 yard touchdown run on his first touch of the game. He also had carries of 11 yards and 14 yards for first downs later in the half. Barber was stopped for a loss on several occasions. He carried twice from the Eagles' seven yard line when Brandon Jacobs was out of the game, but he only gained one yard. Barber was given the ball on a two point conversion try but he was stopped for a loss. Barber was targeted seven times, catching five for a total of 29 yards. Another was caught but the play was negated by a penalty. On Barber's other target, the ball was tipped and intercepted before it reached him.

2006 Week 16 vs NO (16 / 71 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Barber ran well throughout the game averaging more than four yards per carry. He showed his normal burst and ability to make tacklers miss, but didn't get much of a chance to get into the flow. The Saints controlled the clock with their running game keeping the New York offense on the sidelines. Making matters worse QB Eli Manning was unable to convert third downs and move the Giant offense with his arm. Following the game at his press conference Barber was asked about his feelings with regard to this being his last game in New York. He showed little to no emotion calmly saying that it had no special significance to him and that he didn't think it was a big deal.

2006 Week 17 vs WAS (23 / 234 / 3 rush, 4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)

After consecutive four yard runs at the start of the second Giants' drive Barber saved New York by seeing that the play clock was running down and called a time out from the backfield. On the third and two play he burst through the right side of the line for a 32 yard gain. He showed great balance after contact keeping his feet and turning it into a longer run. He scored the first Giant touchdown at the start of the second quarter from fifteen yards out. In typical Barber fashion he bounced off contact keeping his feet as he fought through the line of scrimmage and into the secondary. His second touchdown run went for 55 yards up the gut before he broke it to the left sideline. He did a nice job of keeping his knees up stepping out of a tackle at the line of scrimmage before breaking it to the outside. He ripped a 33 yard carry off left end to open their last drive at the end of the third quarter, but it was called back by a holding penalty. He showed great patience on his third touchdown run that went for 50 yards. When he got to the line there was nowhere to go, but Barber kept his feet moving and waited for the hole to open up before he sprinted through the Redskin defense.

2006 Week 18 vs PHI (26 / 137 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

If this was Tiki Barber's final game, he we went out with more of a bang than a whimper. Barber ran for over 100 yards for just the second time in his postseason career, and he finished with 152 total yards on 28 touches. He had four carries of ten or more yards, including a lengthy 41 yard run in the second quarter. Barber lost a few more yards from his stat line due to two penalties on two of his receptions, one of which eradicated an 18 yard screen pass. Barber was also used almost exclusively, getting the goal line carries when the Giants were approaching the end zone rather than RB Brandon Jacobs. Unfortunately for both Barber and New York he was unable to punch it in from inside the five in the second quarter. One of his targets was inside the Philadelphia five yard line on an attempted screen pass, but the ball skipped off of Barber's arms (and almost for an interception by LB Omar Gaither).

2005 Week 1 vs ARI (13 / 62 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 60 / 0 rec)

Barber was the Giant's primary tailback. He had a nice all around game with 62 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. The touchdown run was a 21 yard burst up the middle. Barber also contributed in the passing game with two receptions on screen passes. The first went for 29 yards, the second for 31. Barber is likely to have fewer carries this year. New York used rookie Brandon Jacobs to spell Barber, especially in short yardage situations.

2005 Week 2 vs NO (22 / 83 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 1 rec)

Barber gained 7 yards on his first carry of the game. He was replaced by Brandon Jacobs at the goal line. Barber had a 28 yard carry called back on a holding penalty against Plaxico Burress. He made a 6 yard screen reception for a touchdown during the Giants' second drive. Barber scored a second touchdown running in easily for the 12 yard score.

2005 Week 3 vs SD (15 / 60 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Barber ran the ball well but never had the opportunity to get into a rhythm. The prolific offense of San Diego forced the Giants to throw the ball more, and Barber's opportunities were severely reduced by it.

2005 Week 4 vs STL (24 / 128 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Barber started the game slowly, due in part to the fast start by the passing game. Barber had 11 carries for 46 yards in the first half, but he also added a nine yard reception in the first quarter. His only other target before halftime was a pass over his head in the left flat. Barber was the main contributor to a ball control offense as the Giants extended and maintained their lead in the second half of the game. Barber had three carries in the third quarter, but added ten more for 63 yards and a touchdown in the final period. His 12 yard gain was crucial on a third down and ten late in the game. He also had a six yard catch, yet dropped his final target on a screen play.

2005 Week 6 vs DAL (14 / 64 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Barber averaged 4.6 yards on 14 carries. He likely would have had more chances had the Giants not been limited to three first downs into the fourth quarter. He caught one short pass for five yards. Barber missed one series with a shoulder stinger after making the tackle on Anthony Henry's interception return. He returned and showed no lingering effects.

2005 Week 7 vs DEN (19 / 86 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 24 / 0 rec)

Much of Barber's damage was done early on, as he compiled 43 yards by the midpoint of the first quarter. From that point, however, Denver clamped down and he would only compile 43 more rushing yards the rest of the way. Barber's day began quite inauspiciously, as he fumbled his second carry of the game away to the Broncos. HC Tom Coughlin was livid on the sidelines, but in a very telling sign, gave Barber every single RB carry for the remainder of the game. Barber was in for a four yard touchdown run, with no appearances from Brandon Jacobs. Barber nearly added a second TD late in the game. On the eventual game-winning drive, Barber caught a pass from Manning and took it down to the Denver two yard line before being tackled. Amani Toomer caught a touchdown on the very next play.

2005 Week 8 vs WAS (24 / 206 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Barber had a fantastic game from the very beginning. On the first snap of the game, Barber ran a sweep to the left and was able to break it wide open for a 57 yard gain. He later was able to break another run, again a sweep to the left, for a 59 yard gain. He almost scored on this second one, but was tripped up just short of the goal line. Brandon Jacobs vultured a touchdown following that second long run, but Barber was able to score in the second half on a four yard run up the middle towards the end of the third quarter. Following his touchdown, Barber was pulled from the game with the large lead. Barber showed impressive speed, getting to the outside repeatedly where the Redskins' defense is vulnerable. He also avoided turnovers after losing a fumble last week. Barber's total of 206 yards rushing was the second most in Giants history.

2005 Week 9 vs SF (21 / 71 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)

Barber found the yards much tougher to get against the 49ers than last week against the Redskins (career high 206 yards rushing). The first half was particularly tough for Barber; he had 11 carries for 23 yards and a long run of six yards. Barber had a better second half with ten carries for 48 yards. His long run went for 14 yards. Barber caught a screen pass and gained 19 yards. His other reception went for 13 yards over the middle.

2005 Week 10 vs MIN (23 / 95 / 1 rush, 8 / 8 / 111 / 0 rec)

Barber was the Giants' offensive star of the game. His 206 total yards made him both the leading rusher and receiver of the game. Barber scored a crucial touchdown on a three yard run late in the game two plays after he was stopped three yards short of the end zone on an 18 yard reception. He then added a run for the two point conversion. Barber also had a five yard touchdown pass called back on a Giants' penalty. His longest gain came on a 48 yard screen pass.

2005 Week 11 vs PHI (21 / 112 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)

Barber had a tough first half as a ball carrier, gaining only 33 yards on 11 carries. His numbers increased dramatically in the second half, mostly due to his 55 yard run in the third quarter. Barber broke through the line untouched and was off to the races, but it should be noted that he does not appear to have a high end gear as he was ran down by DB Rod Hood. Barber was the running back of choice for the Giants all game, except for near the goal line. Barber was standing on the sidelines when the Giants recovered a blocked punt at the Eagle one yard line. RB Brandon Jacobs was given three consecutive chances to score, and he failed to gain any yards. Barber re-entered the game on the fourth down attempt (a pass play for a touchdown), and Jacobs was not used again. Barber also caught two short passes in the first half for 22 yards, and was targeted on a screen attempt that was tipped by Philadelphia at the line of scrimmage.

2005 Week 12 vs SEA (26 / 151 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 27 / 0 rec)

Barber became the first running back this season to hang 100+ yards on the Seahawks' defense, finishing with 151 yards on 26 carries. He also added five catches for 27 yards, but did not find the end zone. His 49 yard break-away run in the overtime period seemed to seal the victory for the Giants, but PK Jay Feely missed from 45 yards.

2005 Week 13 vs DAL (30 / 115 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Barber was the workhorse for New York with 30 carries for 115 yards but failed to score for the third straight week. His longest run of the game was an explosive 27 yard run that he managed a spin move and somehow kept his balance before being hauled down in Dallas territory. Barber's rushing performance marked the third straight week with over 100 yards rushing and brought his season rushing total to over 1,200 yards. Barber helped setup Jacob's touchdown with a three yard carry and nine yard reception taking New York to the one yard line.

2005 Week 14 vs PHI (32 / 124 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 71 / 1 rec)

Barber was highly effective both as a runner and pass catcher in this game. He broke tackles and reversed field direction to create running room all over the field. On one play, he was brought down inside the Philadelphia one yard line at the end of a long run. Barber was equally effective in the passing game, where he scored on a four yard pass underneath. Notably, Barber was pulled at the goal line in favor Brandon Jacobs on two plays early in the game. After Jacobs failed to score on both attempts, Barber remained in the game for all subsequent short yardage situations.

2005 Week 15 vs KC (29 / 220 / 2 rush, 5 / 5 / 29 / 0 rec)

Barber was the star of the game, without question. He ran for over 220 yards and two touchdowns, breaking the Giants record for most yards rushing in a single game. The record dates back to 1950, and the 220 yards were the most by any NFL RB in two years. Barber broke tackle after tackle, refusing to go down on many of his carries. Most of his yards came after contact, which also speaks to how badly the Chiefs defense was tackling. Barber broke off four runs of 20 yards or more, scoring on two of those carries. He also added five catches for 29 more yards, as he finished the game with well over 60% of the total Giants offense. Barber's totals were even more impressive considering that he did not get off to a very good start. After the first quarter, he had logged nine carries for just 12 yards, but he was well on his way to a record pace by halftime. His first touchdown of 41 yards came in the second quarter, improving his yardage to 69 yards after 30 minutes of play.

2005 Week 16 vs WAS (16 / 80 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)

Barber didn't see nearly the same kind of success he had against the Redskins earlier in the season. He was held in check throughout much of the game, and then busted loose for a game high 31 yard gain in the fourth quarter. He contributed heavily in the passing game as well, even attempting a pass intended for Amani Toomer near the end zone. Barber didn't score in the game.

2005 Week 17 vs OAK (28 / 203 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)

Barber took his third carry of the game 95 yards for his eleventh TD of the season. That set a Giant record as the longest run from scrimmage and also set a Giants record for the most rushing touchdowns in one season. The run was great, but the downfield blocking by the Giants' wide receivers kept Barber almost untouched the entire way. He finished the first quarter with six carries for 121 yards. For the game, Barber had 34 touches for 263 yards and the TD. It was his third game with over 200 yards rushing this season, and he locked up the highest total yards from scrimmage for the year.