Why the New York Giants should keep Saquon Barkley on the bench

New York Giants, Wayne Gallman

The moment New York Giants star player Saquon Barkley went down with a high ankle sprain, the optimism at the running back position took a hit. After winning their first game of the season in week three against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Giants looked into several veteran free agents to help compensate for the loss of Barkley. They brought in options like Zach Zenner, Bennie Cunningham, and Fozzy Whittaker.

At the end of the workouts, the Giants allowed them to go home without executing a signing. Head coach Pat Shurmur elected to stick with the options currently on the roster. They elevated Jon Hilliman from the practice squad and plugged Wayne Gallman into the starting role.

The New York Giants rolled with a familiar face to fill Barkley’s spot:

In his third season, Gallman recorded his first start. He finished the day against the Washington Redskins with the 63 yards rushing on 18 attempts, and 55 yards on six receptions. He totaled 118 all-purpose yards and secured two touchdowns, one on the ground and one through the air.

From a fantasy football perspective, Gallman had a fantastic day and helped the Giants to a 24-3 victory in week four of the regular season. However, moving forward it will be challenging to match up against the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots, two quality defenses.

Gaining back Saquon Barkley is undoubtedly a priority, but the Giants should not rush him and be cautionary with his recovery. Gallman is capable of handling the load despite his 3.5 yards per carry, a considering it was his first game as a starter, we should give him the benefit of the doubt concerning his deficiencies. Minnesota will likely be a tall task to handle, but Gallman is the running back moving forward for the Giants. In a season where a rebuild is underway, forcing an early return for you star player is not advisable.

New York Giants News, 9/26 – Saquon Barkley’s replacement is a familiar face

New York Giants, Wayne Gallman

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The New York Giants brought in several options as potential replacements for Saquon Barkley after his suffering of a high ankle sprain. The star running back will likely miss a minimum of six weeks while he rehabs and recovers from an injury that could linger until the end of the season.

The Giants brought in Fozzy Whitaker, Bennie Cunningham, and Zach Zenner for workouts earlier this week but decided not to sign any of them. Alternatively, Big Blue will stick with a familiar face in Wayne Gallman as their number one running back.

Gallman showed promise as a rookie in 2017, rushing 111 times for 476 yards. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry and also contributed 193 receiving yards and a touchdown. He is a reliable option in the meantime while Barkley heals, considering his familiarity with the offense and capabilities between the tackles.

We should be confident in Gallman and his abilities moving forward. While the Giants will likely stick with the third-year back against the Washington Redskins in week four of the regular season, head coach Pat Shurmur did not rule out the signing of a potential long-term option. They did, however, elevate Jon Hilliman from the practice squad to offer support.

Options such as Jay Ajayi, CJ Anderson, and Orleans Darkwa remain available in case the Giants elect to take a different route at the position.


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