The New York Giants lost star running back Saquon Barkley to a torn ACL for the season last Sunday in Chicago and now face the prospect of a running back-by-committee approach.
Then again, whoever holds the hot hand could end up getting the reps.
“He may be the guy for that moment,” head coach Joe Judge told reporters about the hot hand on Thursday. “Maybe heâ€™s the guy for that game plan the way things are working and clicking. But Iâ€™d say within every specific game plan, weâ€™re going to always look to use all of the players we have at the game, and make sure we have enough combinations to go ahead and create advantages for ourselves.”
Right now, the Giants have three players that will be vying for reps at running back – Dion Lewis, Wayne Gallman and the newly signed Devonta Freeman.
“I think you just use whatever you have on your roster, whether itâ€™s a guy like Saquon, we still have Dion Lewis who we rely heavily on, and Wayne Gallman who we rely heavily on,” said Judge. “Obviously, Saquonâ€™s situation, we all feel for him. Heâ€™s going to work his butt off to get back here as fast as possible.
Weâ€™re happy to have Devonta. The thing I see with him is heâ€™s a ball guy. You can tell this guy has a lot of passion for the game, he has a lot of experience, he plays hard, he practices hard. I was very impressed yesterday out at practice with the fire he practiced with, the attention to detail, how fast he picked up on a lot of our system. Heâ€™s an experienced guy, but sometimes experience in other systems doesnâ€™t always translate over to knowing the alphabet of what youâ€™re doing. But he really did a good job of understanding what weâ€™re doing in practice, being able to get in the huddle, break the huddle, know what to do and do it very effectively. It was very encouraging on day one.”
Time will tell how this all pans out but one thing is for sure, all three can play and all three are currently healthy.