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Even if the New York Giants and head coach Pat Shurmur wanted to sit star running back Saquon Barkley for the remainder of the season, he wouldn’t let them. Call it determination, stubbornness, or confidence, Barkley wants to be with his teammates on the field, even if it means losing.
However, Barkley has been a liability in pass coverage and recorded a single yard on the ground against the Jets on 13 touches last week. His inability to make an impact would be the reason he heads to the bench, but a high ankle sprain suffered in week 3 is likely the cause for his struggles.
When asked about the potential of sitting, Barkley stated:
â€œThe mindset of sitting me out and resting me for the rest of the season is beyond me,â€ Barkley said. â€œI do not agree with it. It wonâ€™t happen. Iâ€™m going to keep going until I canâ€™t go no more. Thatâ€™s the player I am and Iâ€™m going to do it for my teammates.â€
While that’s strong of Saquon to say, being cautious with his health in a 2-7 season should be the priority. The New York Giants need to be realistic in regards to playing him, as a wrong turn could jeopardize his ankle even further, making his recovery long and painful. It could linger beyond the current season if he further damages the ligament.
In totality, backup option, Wayne Gallman, can handle the load while Barkley recovers and eyes the 2020 campaign. Considering his lack of strength in pass protection, saving him from himself might be the best move, but he won’t go down without a fight.
Barkley already picked up an additional injury against the Jets, proceeding to receive an x-ray on his shoulder immediately after the loss. Luckily, the x-ray came back clean, but playing him is becoming risky for both parties.
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