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Saquon Barkley Made Major Change to Mindset Heading Into 2022

Larry Rupp
Running back Saquon Barkley has made a major change to his mindset heading into 2022.
Running back Saquon Barkley has made a major change to his mindset heading into 2022. / Danielle Parhizkaran/ /

New York Giants fans have been waiting to see running back Saquon Barkley return to the form he showed in 2018 when he led the NFL with 2,028 yards from scrimmage as a rookie. Injuries have continued to hamper that thought, but Barkley's confidence is growing heading into 2022.

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Barkley spoke to reporters at Giants' minicamp on Wednesday about how he is "starting to get that swagger back." Newfound trust in his knee and ankle has a lot to do with that as does a new-look offense being introduced by head coach Brian Daboll. Barkley is taking it one day at a time, though.

Following a solid first two NFL seasons, Barkley has failed to stay on the field and play consistently well. The Penn State product has missed 18 of a possible 33 games over the last two years and has averaged only 3.5 yards per carry during that span. He now enters a contract year with a lot to prove.

For what its worth, the 25-year-old is doing his best to put the injuries behind him and look forward.

"My body feels strong. Feel like I got my strength back. Feel like I got my speed back. Feel like I can trust my knee again, trust myself to make plays and not think about it."

Saquon Barkley on his injury recovery

A full-strength Barkley would be a scary sight for opposing defenses considering his ability to cut on a dime and make defenders whiff in the open field. That's exactly the type of player the Giants are missing. New York has odds set at +184 to make the NFL Playoffs, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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