Saquon Barkley is back, but top-form Saquon Barkley is still missing in action.
In other words, the Giants ran for the first time in five games with their star on Monday night, but Barkley never gave the Buccaneers a 30-10 loss in the best of their past. He did it right before he injured his foot.
Playing for the first time since the Oct. 10 freak accident, he suffered a severe low ankle sprain by stepping on the opponent’s leg, while Barkley rushed six times for 25 yards and added six catches for 31 yards. There’s not nearly as many touchdowns or productions, especially thinking back to October 3, and the way the Barkley Giants came up with a comeback win with two late touchdowns against the Saints.
“Obviously, I’m disappointed with the outcome,” Barkley said, “but it’s good to get back there. Get back to work and get better every week.”
Barkley looks like he’s back from other injuries after his first three games this season (an average of 3.4 yards per carry) or a high ankle sprain (average) in 2019 after his torn ACL last year. 3.1 per carry).
“It’s a little frustrating to sit back and look back and see how I was in Week 1 – getting back on my feet,” Barkley said. “It comes with spending some time and getting my body back in. I’m going to do whatever it takes to hold my brain and my feet and my legs together.
This is always a tough assignment for Barkley’s return. The Buccaneers boast the NFL’s toughest rushing defense (79.8 yards per game). Run-stuffer Vita Vea did not play, and the Giants left tackle Andrew Thomas returned – catching a 2-yard touchdown pass in trick play – no less – but those lineup changes were not enough to tilt the scales on the floor. One of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.
Since being the No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft, the Giants have asked Barkley to overcome the odds stacked against him.
“If you don’t win the scrimmage line,” Thomas said, “it’s hard to master [position] The boys do their job. If we are turning the ball over, struggling with the defense, if the ball is not running well, it will be hard to win in the NFL.
Giants coach Joe Judge blamed the coaching staff more than players for the offensive failures against the Buccaneers. Barkley doesn’t see it that way.
“Sometimes instead of pointing a finger, you have to point the thumb,” Barkley said. “Look at yourself in the mirror. If I go out there and make more plays – or this guy or that guy makes more plays – it’s not even a conversation. We have to take it upon ourselves as players and go make plays.