The moment running back Saquon Barkley went down for the New York Giants, every fan held their breath. From Giants fans to fantasy owners across the country, Barkley’s injury is significant in many different ways.
Athletes all over the world have expressed their condolences for his injury, as it will take an entire season for him to recover and return to the field. However, with modern-day medical advancements, Barkley should return to full health, barring any complications with his rehabilitation. Considering the supernatural athlete that he is, Barkley’s chances of making a 100% recovery are promising.
Nonetheless, the Giants have to move forward without him and supplement his injury in different ways. Against the Chicago Bears in week two, they were forced to utilize Dion Lewis in a lead back style. Lewis ran for 20 yards on 10 attempts, having more productivity in the passing game. The Giants deactivated Wayne Gallman for the contest, which was seemingly a bad move.
On Tuesday, though, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network stated that the Giants are expected to sign Devonta Freeman, former Atlanta Falcons running back.
Giants are signing Devonta Freeman per @MikeGarafolo
Pending COVID test and physical, big news for the Giants #TogetherBlue
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) September 22, 2020
What are the New York Giants getting in RB Devonta Freeman?
Freeman is a quality back, having earned two Pro Bowl appearances with the Falcons back in 2015 & 2016. He has struggled to remain healthy the past few seasons but is a more than capable option for Daniel Jones and the offense.
In 2019, he rushed for 656 yards and two touchdowns. He also contributed 410 yards and four touchdowns through the air. From a statistical perspective, Freeman is an all-around back who can do many things for the Giants and the running game. He will likely sign a one-year deal that expires in 2021, clearing them of any cap implications.
Overall, this is a solid signing for the Giants who desperately needed help after Saquon’s injury.