RB Saquon Barkley - New York Giants
|5-11, 223||Born: 2-7-1997||College: Penn State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2 (2018)|
2019 Week 1 vs DAL (11 / 120 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley looked dynamic and explosive as ever against Dallas but the Giants curiously only gave him 15 overall touches. The Giants used Barkley a lot early in the game but once Dallas had secured the victory, they pulled Barkley for Gallman and preserved their elite running back. The day started rough for Barkley who fumbled the ball on the first drive but the Giants recovered it. He then took an inside run to the left all the way into Dallas territory after some excellent blocking by the Giants gave Barkley a lot of space to work with. He took another handoff inside and pushed back the first defender, just short of the goal line. Barkley got stuffed on the next carry and the Giants went to the passing game to secure the score. Barkley looked very tough to tackle and get a hand on. His spin move shook off several first tackle attempts and he wouldn't go down easy. Barkley took several hits and kept moving at the line of scrimmage and really showed incredible talent in this game. He has the strength, speed and agility to punish defenses that make mistakes. Barkley never made into the endzone and was somewhat replaced by Gallman as the game developed with Dallas easily securing the win. The offensive line made some gaps for him however, and he will have far more productive games going forward.
2019 Week 2 vs BUF (18 / 107 / 1 rush, 7 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley was highly productive as always and the only legitimate weapon on Sunday against the Bills. He was difficult to take down as always and always manages to fall forward. Barkley read the gaps very well and typically hits the correct gap. Defenders had a tough time taking him down on first contact. Barkley got some great blocking in the first quarter and managed to rip off a few big runs up the middle. He later scored on a well blocked inside run play. Barkley found the first gap and then bounced it outside where he was able to outrun the defender to the pylon. Barkley looked very dangerous in open field and he exploited any room his offensive line gave him. He showed quick feet and an ability to 'dance' away from the first tackle attempt to gain extra yards. Barkley was generally productive any time he got the ball. The Giants didn't have a lot of redzone attempts and fewer goal line attempts which prevented a bigger day for the young back.
2019 Week 3 vs TB (8 / 10 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley was not having a productive game on Sunday and was forced to leave the field after he sustained an ankle injury. Tampa Bay were keen to not allow Barkley to dominate the game and they swarmed him at every opportunity. Barkley was unusually quiet and contained in this game. He got hit at the line of scrimmage almost always and had little room to run when he caught the ball. Tampa clearly made an effort to stop the running back and they were highly successful at limiting his impact. He could have had a touchdown in the first half. Jones threw a catch-able ball on an out to Barkley but he wasn't able to get two hands on it. He left in the first half and was replaced by Gallman.
2019 Week 7 vs ARI (18 / 72 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley was back for the Giants and looked almost 100% on Sunday against the Cardinals. His production was relatively low by his standards and most of this can be attributed to the struggles of his young quarterback. The Giants turned over the ball a lot and this kept them from the redzone for most of this game. Barkley showed his typical explosion and great vision by bouncing plays to the outside when space presented itself and he routinely beat his man to the sideline for extra yards. He made several defenders miss their first tackle attempt and almost always fell forward for extra yards. Barkley broke free into the secondary early for a nice run, finding a small gap and only going down when surrounded by multiple Cardinal defenders. Barkley's touchdown run came on a well blocked inside zone from shotgun. The Giants sealed off Cardinals well at the start and Barkley just had to lower the shoulder to push back any tackle attempts for the score.
2019 Week 8 vs DET (19 / 64 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 79 / 1 rec)
Saquon Barkley couldn't get much going on the ground for the Giants as the Lions were stout at the line of scrimmage. The Giants tried to stick with the run throughout the game, even though they were behind for almost the entire duration. Barkley was patient, followed his blocks and exploited any gaps up front vs Detroit but the big play on the ground never happened. Still, he pushed the pile well, routinely knocked back defenders at contact and couldn't be faulted for the Giants lack of rushing production. Barkley had more value as a receiver out of the backfield. He broke a big play over the middle and almost fell over, which caused him to slow down and get tackled. He displayed incredible agility to avoid 2 tackle attempts on the outside and punishing strength to stiff arm another tackler to the ground before securing a big first down. Barkley dropped a sure touchdown late in the game on a quick out in the redzone. The Giants came right back to him however and he scored on a similar route the very next play. Barkley was explosive and dynamic as always but the Giants couldn't run the ball as much as they would have liked due to the score line.
2019 Week 9 vs DAL (14 / 28 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley could not get going for the Giants on Monday night. The Cowboys did an excellent job of bottling him up at the line of scrimmage. The Giants couldn't keep the defense off of Barkley for long enough and the ground game was never established. Occasionally Barkley was able to bounce a run outside for a small gain or shake a defender off but these plays were few and far between. On one occasion, Barkley almost broke free into the secondary but ran into his own offensive lineman in error. He did fight hard at the line of scrimmage and converted a few short situations where he was afforded some space. Barkley broke free once against the Cowboys in the second half. He got a short pass and the initial defense was blocked well enough which allowed an explosive run down the sideline as Barkley turned on the jets. The Giants struggled in the redzone however, both on the ground and in the air. Barkley got several touches and carries near the goal line but the Giants could never get a strong enough push to create a gap for him. Credit must be given to the Cowboys on the night as they won the battle up front.
2019 Week 10 vs NYJ (13 / 1 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley was a complete non factor in the rushing game for the Giants and barely contributed as a pass receiver. Barkley could not get going at all as the Jets made a special effort to severely impact his production. He was hit in the backfield on almost every carry and was taken down very quickly. If Barkley made it to the line of scrimmage, there was typically not much room after this point. Any positive yards that were made on the ground were quickly undone when there was a big tackle for loss in the backfield. Barkley was cut down in the backfield very often and the Giants were helpless to stop this. He got some short checkdown passes from Jones but he was typically swarmed quickly and never given much space. If Barkley was able to shake the initial defender, there was at least 2 more in waiting. A frustrating day for Barkley and fantasy owners alike, it is very likely his absolute floor in terms of production.
2019 Week 12 vs CHI (17 / 59 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley struggled again for most of this game as the Giants continue to struggle in their run blocking. A lot of his struggles come as defenses load the box against the back and generally ask Jones to beat them through the air. Barkley was often swarmed in the backfield and this resulted in several negative plays for the Giants. If he made it to the line of scrimmage, he was met quickly and could not find much room. Barkley dropped one pass in the flat, which was unfortunate as he had a bit of space to work with. He did his best to weave up the middle against the Bears and tried as hard as he could to at least make positive plays. Barkley made a few impressive spin moves in the second half which briefly got him free. A key 3rd and 1 toss play was blown up by Chicago however and plays like this really crushed the Giants offense throughout the game. The Giants failed to sustain their blocks up front. He did have one explosive play to the outside late in the game at least. Barkley looks quick and explosive, it seems that defenses just know how to shut him down in this offense. The Giants need a stronger passing game to lighten the load up front.
2019 Week 13 vs GB (19 / 83 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley had a bit more success this week against the Packers but is still falling way short of expectations and compared to his 2018 season. Barkley was able to find space on the outside occasionally and made the first defender miss for several first downs. When he was given the chance to build up some speed, Barkley was able to knock back Packer defenders and push the pile for extra yards after initial contact. Barkley even leapt over a defender in his own half, achieving a dramatic first down through the air. Barkley got a big play towards the end of the game in garbage time as there was more space to work with but the Packers had the game in hand and were playing soft to preserve the victory. Barkley and the Giants in general get few redzone opportunities as the team struggles with turnovers and has a hard time finishing off drives. This lack of redzone touches really has hurt Barkley's fantasy value in 2019 and this is unlikely to change.
2019 Week 14 vs PHI (17 / 66 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 1 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley did not go down easy on Monday night and looked dynamic with the ball in his hands. He was carrying defenders with him and demonstrate a strong stiff arm which he used to great effect throughout the game. Barkley did an excellent job turning negative or neutral plays into positive ones. He almost got taken down for a loss on several occasions but he managed to escape the first tackle attempt routinely and salvage something. At times, Barkley was even able to convert potential negative plays into first downs which really kept the Giants alive. He delivered a strong stiff arm before escaping to the outside for a first down in which the play looked dead at first contact. Barkley did a good job weaving his way for as many yards as possible but wasn't a big factor in the passing game. The Giants were very rarely in the redzone and this prevented any possible redzone scores but this is nothing new to the 2019 Giants.
2019 Week 15 vs MIA (24 / 112 / 2 rush, 5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Eli Manning was competent and dangerous on Sunday against Miami, though his three interceptions certainly drag down his performance a bit. He was very patient in the pocket, had good pass protection and picked apart Miami when given time. On several occasions, Manning could really take his time and allow his receivers to unravel. He was looking downfield a lot in this game and made several big throws that changed field position quickly. Manning hit tight end Smith with a well placed ball on a seam route and didn't stop there. He found Tate on another seam route deep. Tate managed to tip the ball to himself, avoided the safety who had taken a poor tackle angle and ran free into the endzone for a big touchdown. Unfortunately Manning displayed terrible accuracy and decision making throwing a ball right to a Miami defender who easily picked it off on a curl route. He was picked off again as time was expiring in the first half, simply heaving a 'Hail Mary' pass deep. Manning shook this off and took advantage of some decent time in the pocket by hitting Slayton who was wide open on a deep out after play action. He was allowed to survey the endzone later on and connected with Slayton in the back of the endzone who had escaped coverage over time. Manning's final pick came on another woeful decision to heave the ball over the middle in an effort to escape pressure but this ball was easily intercepted. He almost had a third touchdown as he threw a perfect pass deep to Shepard on a corner route but his receiver just could not stretch out the ball over the goal line in time and it was out of bounds at the 1 yard line. Save for the turnovers, Manning played at a high level and gave the Giants an excellent opportunity to win the game.
2019 Week 16 vs WAS (22 / 189 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 90 / 1 rec)
Saquon Barkley was spectacular on Sunday and completely dominated the Redskins as he ran all over them. Barkley got big play after big play and helped completely transform field position for the Giants after just one play at times. He was spinning away from contact and slipping out of the grasp of the first defender all game long. Barkley exploded down the sideline early in this game as the Redskins defenders did not cover the edge well, allowing the Giants to easily seal it and this opened up a massive running lane. Barkley found another massive sealed edge on the right side, which he was able to exploit down the field and jump over the goal line for the score. The Redskins defense blew coverage on him on a seam route and he was wide open for a deep seam route touchdown play. Barkley could have had a second rushing touchdown in overtime on a speedy run outside but was tackled out of bounds one yard shy of the endzone. He is very dangerous in the open field and really punishes defensive lapses, of which there was plenty on Sunday.
2019 Week 17 vs PHI (17 / 92 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley had a quiet game on Sunday for the most part and most of his production came on one rushing play, which rescued his performance for any fantasy owners. Barkley had to contend with a defense that was offering very little to no space. They were in the backfield taking him down, swarming the ball carrier after the hand-off was complete and were determined to limit his impact. The Giants could never establish a solid running game and their passing game was doing nothing to pressure the Eagles to change their scheme. Barkley struggled to get one yard on several short attempts and generally just had nowhere to go on most carries. Barkley did manage to break free on one carry to the right, following his blockers who paved a clear path to the sideline and Barkley did the rest from there going untouched down the field. The Giants passing attack struggled heavily and Barkley had to pass protect a lot, which limited his impact on the game in this regard.
2018 Week 1 vs JAX (18 / 106 / 1 rush, 6 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley was shut down for most of this game and rarely broke into the secondary but rescued fantasy owners with one play. Barkley showed toughness and speed, despite mediocre production in the first half. He used a strong stiff arm to get separation from chasers and followed his blocks well. The Jaguars run defense was stout however, and they rarely give up any room up front. The Giants offensive line did not create many gaps and Barkley had to take what was there. He was stuffed in the redzone on several attempts but did manage to get some decent gains on toss plays outside. Barkley also showed utility as a reciever, getting screen passes and swing passes which he was able to turn into decent gains. Barkley showed top tier talent on his touchdown run, which is what everyone was waiting for. He cut a running play to the outside, used a stiff arm to deny a tackler and simply exploded down the sideline for the big run. The acceleration and max speed was evident on the play and this kind of play should keep Giants fans/fantasy owners excited.
2018 Week 2 vs DAL (11 / 28 / 0 rush, 16 / 14 / 80 / 0 rec)
The minor glimmer of hope that Giants fans can be excited for, Saquon Barkley played another solid game on Sunday night against the Cowboys. Barkley was highly involved in the passing game, likely due to the check down potential he presented as Manning was under fire for most of this game. He showed an excellent pair of hands, securing high balls and not dropping any passes as his quarterback was throwing some erratic passes in his haste to get rid of the ball. Barkley showed incredible agility when meeting defenders one on one in open space, often making the first tackler miss and picking up extra yards. Barkley almost got tackled for a loss on several occasions but he turned these negative situations into positive ones due to his quickness. He is difficult to tackle if given room and showed a good stutter step to shake defenders when possible. His effectiveness on the ground was limited as the Giants could not keep Dallas honest with any kind of passing threat. Barkley didn't get many redzone touches either due to the inept offense but the talent clearly is there.
2018 Week 3 vs HOU (17 / 82 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley hasn't put together any monster performances just yet but those might be around the corner as he delivers another solid performance in his rookie campaign. Barkley looked very tough to tackle in this game and overall displayed incredible overall talent. He is a well rounded back with big potential to break a long run on the ground but can also participate in the passing game with his solid hands. He bounced off the first tackle attempt on numerous occasions and rarely went down after making contact initially. Barkley had a lot of consistent gains on the ground and picked up many first downs to keep drives alive. He showed a strong stiff arm to keep defenders at bay and incredible acceleration. Barkley stopped at the hole in the redzone for a brief half-second but exploding to the outside and running into the endzone for his touchdown. He was also explosive with the ball in his hands on a screen pass and on a fade pass down the sideline he hauled in for a big conversion late in the game.
2018 Week 4 vs NO (10 / 44 / 1 rush, 8 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley gave full effort on Sunday and looks like he has all the talent required to dominate in this league, he just needs more help around him. The Giants offensive line and passing attack was poor on Sunday and the running game was quickly abandoned. They also were trailing the Saints for the majority of this game so the bulk of the responsibility was placed on the shoulders of Manning. Barkley remained a constant in this offense however, despite the ground attack not functioning well. He provided a solid option for Manning when the pressure was closing in and made a few plays with screen plays. Barkley was running downhill a bit more in this game, driving through defenders and falling forward when possible. He was also excellent at making the first man hover and waive while he scrambles for a few extra yards, which made all the difference at times. Barkley had a very explosive run outside as he cut back and the defense lost contain temporarily while he picked up 28 yards on the ground. His speed was evident when given an open lane, the Giants just need to be more balanced with their offense. He had a rushing touchdown as time was winding down, the Giants ran the ball from the 1 yard line. Barkley showed what an explosive leap he had, diving over the top and extending the ball to break the line and score for the Giants. He remains productive and a must start for fantasy owners, especially in PPR leagues but he needs more help around him to unlock his true potential.
2018 Week 5 vs CAR (15 / 48 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 81 / 2 rec)
Saquon Barkley had another very strong performance on Sunday but was a much bigger factor in the passing game than the ground attack. Barkley and the Giants offensive line struggled to make yards all throughout the game. The line didn't create many gaps for Barkley and the rookie simply did his best to avoid negative plays on a lot of his carries. Barkley fell forward on most of his carries and was tough to tackle. At times, he lost yards when he tried to bounce the run outside but this worked for him on other occasions. He showed enough explosion to beat the outside man on a few attempts and race down the sideline for big plays. He gives excellent effort on every run, and never gives up on a play even if he is tackled straight away. Barkley can turn negative plays into 1 or 2 yards, which really helps out his team. He was wide open on a double pass play from Beckham and was too fast to catch as he hauled in the pass and then ran into the endzone untouched. Barkley demonstrated a strong spin move to elude the first tackle attempt from Kuechly and was always a threat to bust a play outside. His second touchdown came on a swing pass from Manning and Barkley was able to jump just over the line for the score. He hurt himself on the play but that was the final play for the Giants offense.
2018 Week 6 vs PHI (13 / 130 / 1 rush, 12 / 9 / 99 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley had a monster performance on Thursday night and was the only saving grace for a struggling Giants offense. He made everything happen for the Giants and they could barely complete a pass that wasn't thrown his way. Barkley has the rare combination of size and speed which made him very difficult to tackle throughout this game. He broke arm tackle attempts and ran over defenders on several occasions. Barkley's acceleration is also not to be underrated as he can quickly run away from defenders. He found a gap to explode through early in this game and picked up a big gain before eventually being run out of bounds. Barkley had a 9 yard run that was incredible to watch,he juked, ran over and dodged Eagle defenders to get as many yards as possible. He took a screen pass far down the field on another explosive play. Barkley ran through arm tackles, made defenders miss and bounced off other tackle attempts. His touchdown run came on yet another impressive play from the rookie. Barkley simply bounced a run outside, caught a defender flat footed and went untouched down the sideline into the endzone as no Eagle player could catch him. Barkley provides extreme value as a rusher and pass catcher, he has the hands to stay in on passing situations. Fantasy owners who drafted him, regardless of the position, can rest easy as he looks like the real deal.
2018 Week 7 vs ATL (14 / 43 / 1 rush, 10 / 9 / 51 / 0 rec)
Perhaps in deference to the Falcons' superiority up front, the Giants utilised Saquon Barkley more like a satellite back than a between-the-tackles thumper. Barkley had middling success running between said tackles, often hitting a brick wall of Falcons defenders. At times it was simply the inability of the Giants' hobbled offensive line to punch open holes that doomed Barkley to runs for no gain, or losses. Barkley did excellent work as a pass catcher, consistently showing his acceleration and change-of-direction ability to bamboozle defenders. Barkley surrendered a particularly punishing hit to his quarterback after being beaten in pass protection, but that was the only blemish in that regard. Barkley got the call on the goal line on several occasions, a jet sweep seeing him tackled just short. The other he managed to convert for a touchdown with a bullish tenacity that summed up his performance.
2018 Week 8 vs WAS (13 / 38 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 73 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley had a good fantasy day if you played him in a PPR league but wasn't able to get into the endzone this week which hurt his production as the ground game wasn't effective for the Giants. The Giants fell behind in this game quickly and never committed to the running game, quickly abandoning it for the pass. The Redskins didn't allow the Giants much space on the ground and Barkley never got into a groove. He ran tough, picked the right hole and get any available yards but the Redskins were able to shut down the running attack. Barkley was a much bigger factor in the passing game at least, grabbing 9 balls. His hands and quickness in the open field were on full display as he can quickly get wide open from the backfield. Barkley got screens, wheel routes and even a go route on Sunday. He was wide open along the sideline deep down the field. Manning saw it late and Barkley was able to stand his ground as the defender ploughed into him for the clear pass interference penalty. Barkley was open in the redzone on a curl route but the pass was off target, tipped into the air and fell incomplete. The Giants often find themselves down in games, being forced to pass and these games rarely lead to production on the ground. Barkley is such a threat and well rounded player that he will contribute regardless of the situation.
2018 Week 10 vs SF (20 / 67 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
While the Giants offensive line played one of their best games in pass protection of the season against the 49ers, Barkley was consistently hounded by the front seven of San Francisco in the run game. Barkley created much of his yardage on his own as the Giants rarely moved the line of scrimmage downfield for easy yardage inside. Barkley was stuffed on his lone goal line carry, his only touchdown opportunity of the game. While largely shut down in the run game, Barkley exceled as a receiver, beating two defenders on a circle route and hurdling a defender down into the red zone as a highlight play. Also on a screen pass, Barkley was impressive in eluding two tackles to turn a likely loss into no gain.
2018 Week 11 vs TB (27 / 142 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 1 rec)
Saquon Barkley was an incredible force on Sunday and dominated the Tampa Bay defense for the most part. He was a constant threat to break a big play every time he touched the ball and kept the defense honest. The Giants leaned heavily on the ground game as they maintained a lead for the entire game. This gave Barkley the perfect opportunity to wear down the defense and test them often. He routinely pushed back defenders at the line of scrimmage and often made several miss the first tackle attempt. Barkley looked incredibly agile and difficult to bring down due to his superior talent level. He combines power with speed very well and carried the Giants throughout this game. He was wide open on a play action play in the flat, leading to an easy touchdown. Barkley was able to take several hits before going down at times. He ran through arm tackles and dragged several defenders for extra yards on occasions too.Barkley exploded over the goal line and extended just enough to break the plane for his first rushing touchdown. Barkley got his second rushing touchdown late in the game as he exposed a big gap in the Tampa Bay defensive line in the redzone. He owes some of his success on Sunday to his offensive line who played a lot better as a unit.
2018 Week 12 vs PHI (13 / 101 / 1 rush, 8 / 7 / 41 / 1 rec)
Barkley dominated in the first half with more hard-nosed runs inside, too much speed for the Eagles defense to handle, and lots of passing game contributions. He also showed his typical elusiveness in the open field and generally gave the Eagles fits. He scored on a long run and a short reception, but was also stuffed on first and second and goal runs and covered well on a third and goal target to keep him from having an even bigger day. Barkley was barely heard from in the second half as the Giants offense lost its way for a few drives.
2018 Week 13 vs CHI (24 / 125 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley had a very strong performance on Sunday and has really brought reliability this Giants rushing attack. Barkley kept the Giants moving forward throughout, picked up key first downs and provided a lot of relief to his quarterback who wasn't having the strongest performances himself. Barkley was more involved in the ground game and less in the passing game this week, which was helped by the fact that the Giants held the lead for most of the second half against the Bears. His offensive line was playing very well in terms of run blocking and they have picked it up in recent weeks as the line has improved as a unit. Barkley got several toss/short pitch balls on the ground and he executed these very well. He was a very patient runner, allowing his blocks to be set up before powering through the gap in the defense. Barkley chose the correct gap, hit it at right moment and then allowed his talent to take over for the biggest possible gain. His agility and strength is evident, allowing him to weave between defenders but also delivering tough stiff arms when required to get an extra yard. Barkley was unfortunate not to get into the endzone as the Giants tried him several times in goal situations but the Bears defense stiffened up. Regardless, he was a constant positive for the Giants and is a challenge to bring down on every down where he gets the ball.
2018 Week 14 vs WAS (14 / 170 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley was simply amazing to watch again on Sunday as he torched the Redskins with big runs. Barkley had an ususual drop on a short pass out of the backfield but he shook this off and Manning was not put off by the early drop whatsoever. He showed great concentration catching an errant pass along the sideline and managed to stay in bounds. Barkley began to warm up as the game developed and he was stiff arming defenders and slipping through initial tackle attempts. He had an explosive touchdown run off the left side which was aided by some excellent blocking from the entire Giants offense. Barkley took advantage of space on the outside due to key blocks set up and simply outran the entire defense as he went untouched the entire run for the score. He had another big gain on the ground as he cut back across the field, showing elite speed that made defenders look silly as they couldn't catch upto him easily. Barkley was just lethal once he broke in the open field, punishing out of position defenders and then delivering stiff arms and shoulders at the end of the run to get every last yard. He even made a one handed catch out of the backfield late in the game. Barkley was eventually rested for Gallman as the victory was not in doubt in the fourth quarter. Barkley remains an elite talent/fantasy option that has transformed this offense and has undoubtedly rewarded fantasy owners who drafted him.
2018 Week 15 vs TEN (14 / 31 / 0 rush, 10 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley had a quiet day by his standards against the Titans in a wet game on Sunday. The Giants did not stay committed to the running game and quickly devolved into a "pass happy" mode that left Barkley with only 14 carries. The passing game provided no balance for the ground attack and defenders were quick to swarm Barkley when he got a carry. The offensive line did not play as well as it had in previous games and Barkley struggled to find gaps to run through. He had a few dropped passes but these were for very short potential gains. Barkley had a pitch rightside blow up in his face, tried to reverse direction and took a big loss which summed up the type of game he was having. There was little work he had to work with and the Titans did not respect Manning's ability to test them deep. Defenders were getting into the backfield quickly and then the Giants abandoned the running game more as time went on.
2018 Week 16 vs IND (21 / 43 / 1 rush, 7 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley couldn't get going again in this game as the Colts made a serious effort to limit his effectiveness on the ground. The Giants passing attack was solid but still not as deadly as it could be with Beckham out with an injury. This allowed the Colts to key on the run and keep the box loaded at times. Barkley was running into walls often when he hit the line of scrimmage. He also got several toss plays which he executed as well as could be expected but still struggled. The Colts were in the backfield often and didn't let Barkley break contain into the open field. Barkley was patient and didn't force anything without reading the play. On one screen pass, he took a brief moment to see the gaps and got a first down because of this. He was stuffed on the goal line up the middle but managed to score on the very next play as he bounced a carry to the outside where nobody was present. Barkley did his best to shake defenders and get the most yards possible on every carry but the big play never happened.
2018 Week 17 vs DAL (17 / 109 / 1 rush, 8 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley had a strong game on Sunday, getting involved in the passing game too but doing most of his damage on the ground. Barkley started off the day well by slipping arm tackles and generally avoiding the first tackler with his elite agility. Barkley was occasionally stuffed at the line of scrimmage as the Cowboys made an effort to slow him down. He tried to "dance" and escape too many defenders on some plays to no success but these plays were typically blown up in the backfield anyway. Barkley had an explosive run down the sideline on a simple draw play. He made the first tackle attempt miss and then exploded through the gap before finally going down after a big gain. Later in the second half he displayed his strength by perfectly stiff arming a defender away which allowed him to pick up the first down. Barkle was stuffed at the goal line on 1st down but later got into the endzone. He made an incredible leap from the 3 yard line, pushed the ball forward to break the plane. He subsequently lost the ball but the plane was broken and it was ruled a touchdown.