The 2020 NFL season wasn't kind to the New York Giants. They finished with a sub-.500 record for the seventh time in eight years and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season. While there's no telling if he would've helped them make the postseason, it doesn't help that the Giants were without running back Saquon Barkley from Week 3 onward.
The 2018 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year saw his campaign end when he suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears.
Fortunately, for Giants fans, Barkley has been steadily recovering throughout the offseason. According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport on Friday, New York will probably have Barkley back in the backfield by Week 3.
Saquon Barkley Injury Update
Rapoport also added that even though Barkley hasn't been ruled out for Week 1, nobody from the Giants organization will guarantee it. They want to wait until they know that he's 100%.
Barkley looked impressive through his first two NFL seasons, rushing for over 1,000 yards in each campaign. In total, he's played in 31 games for the Giants, recording 2,344 rushing yards, 1,219 receiving yards and 23 total touchdowns. New York finished the 2020 NFL season averaging 110.5 rushing yards (19th) and 0.8 rushing TDs (T-22nd) per game.
While a Super Bowl 56 appearance is unlikely for the Giants this season, they should focus on ending their playoff drought before all else. Unfortunately, FanDuel Sportsbook is favoring New York to, once again, miss the postseason at -300 odds. Barkley and the rest of the Giants will have to be at the top of their game this season to prove the doubters wrong.
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