Despite their struggles the last few seasons, there is a lot to take in at New York Giants camp this offseason. The team is under a new regime with Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll coming over together from the Buffalo Bills to replace Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge as general manager and head coach.
There is some optimism among the team as they look to at least have a plan in place on how to get the franchise back on track. Gettleman ran the team into the ground as the Giants had the fewest wins in the league during his tenure.
A lot of attention is going to be on Daniel Jones, who had his fifth-year option declined and will be auditioning for the long-term job with the new regime. Another player who people are keeping an eye on is running back Saquon Barkley.
There is no denying the talent that Barkley has, as there aren’t many people in the world that can do what he can do with a football in their hands. However, selecting him No. 2 overall, given where the franchise was at, was arguably the worst decision Gettleman made as general manager of the team.
The last few seasons have been very difficult for Barkley as he has battled numerous injuries. Barkley won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2018 but has not come close to replicating that success since. That season represents half of his career production in some statistics.
This offseason, however, Barkley is showing some flashes of that rookie season. He is drawing rave reviews, as defensive back, Julian Love believes Barkley is looking stronger than ever in camp.
“There was a play today where he bust through the middle and I was trying to hawk him down,” Love told The Post. “That dude has some juice to him. His past few years have been tough on him physically and mentally, but he’s been really attacking this offseason in what he wants to do for the team.”
Barkley getting and remaining healthy would be huge for the Giants’ offense. He is an integral part of their game plan and regaining his explosiveness will make them a much more dangerous unit.
He is a special talent but has not been able to regain that form while rehabbing from injuries. Now another year removed from the ACL tear, Barkley looks to be rounding back into shape and ready to dominate once again.