New York Giants news, 12/1 – Pat Shurmur comments on Saquon Barkley’s tough season

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Ever since the New York Giants watched Saquon Barkley go down in a heap and grimace in extreme pain, the offense has failed to operate at a high level. After two consecutive games of over 100+ yards rushing against two top defenses in the form of the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills, Barkley has failed to top 72-yards rushing on the season.

Just three weeks ago, Barkley recorded one-yard on 13 carries against the lowly Jets, a game that saw the ‘other’ New York team get back on track after a tough start to the season.

However, head coach Pat Shurmur has noticed Barkley’s struggles this year and commented on what he’s going through.

“I think he’s a young player, and he’s grinding through the season,’’ coach Pat Shurmur said, per the NY Post. “A lot of things went well for him last year, and he’s grinding through this season. I think there’s a lot to be learned from that. We all grind through it. At times, it’s about perseverance and trying to get it right until you can push it over the top and win consistently. That’s where we’re at right now.’’

Having missed three games with a high ankle sprain, Barkley insists that the injury hasn’t hindered his performances, despite the apparent avoidance of relying on his right ankle in pass protection. Barkley holds himself to an incredibly high standard, and having an off season isn’t a suitable excuse for the former Offensive Rookie of the Year.

“I don’t look at it that way, but he’s not lying,’’ Barkley said of Shurmur’s assertion. “I’m only 22, in my second year. You have to hold yourself to a standard and hold yourself to higher expectations. That’s how I am and that’s how I’m going to continue to be. Even though you face adversity or the season isn’t going how you want, as a team you have to keep working.’’


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New York Yankees: Could Estevan Florial finally make it to the big leagues in 2020?

New York Yankees, Estevan Florial

Injuries have plagued the young career of New York Yankees prospect Estevan Florial. Thought to have a complete set of tools concerning hitting, base running, and defense, the outfielder has been featured at the top of the Bombers’ list of young stars for quite some time.

However, Florial has been held back by continuous freak injuries, including a broken wrist last spring after a strong start in spring-ball. Giving up on the international prospect would be ludicrous, considering the Yankees signed him back in 2015 for a mere $200K.

With his skill-set and overall potential, Florial still wows coaches and fans, and if it wasn’t for his wrist injury last season, he might have soared through the ranks and reached the big-leagues for the first time in his career. While his potential glistens like a diamond in the rough, the pressure and perfect sequence of events to create the diamond have been elusive.

Florial will have another opportunity this season to prove his worth and remain healthy. Otherwise, he could be on the trading block. The Yankees have dangled his name during the trade deadline on multiple occasions, just to keep him within the organization.

The New York Yankees have seen a glimpse of his potential:

Ever since the 2017 season, the Yankees have been looking for a consistent threat in the outfield. Aaron Judge has filled that role nicely, but injuries took their toll on the 2019 season. Giancarlo Stanton missed virtually all of 2019, and Aaron Hicks required Tommy John surgery after pushing through the postseason. The outfield is stocked full of talent, but having an elite center fielder would give them the final piece to the puzzle. Hicks is a solid switch-hitting player, which increases his value, but his inconsistencies have been troublesome.

Estevan, who in 2017 showed could be the next great outfielder for the Bombers, hit .298 with 13 homers, an OPS of .850, and stole 23 bases, portraying a wide array of ability that could translate to the next level. However, that was the best we had seen from Florial before injuries began to have their way with the young international.

There’s little to justify not giving Florial another chance next spring, and if he can remain healthy, 2020 could be the year he makes it to the MLB, which would make Clint Frazier more expendable.