New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley has established himself as one of the better running backs in football. In two seasons with the Giants, he has rushed for 2310 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 23-year-old Barkley is also a weapon in the passing game. He has 143 receptions for 1159 yards and six touchdowns.
Barkley, who missed three games and was hampered through most of the 2019 season with a high ankle sprain, probably puts up bigger numbers if he were healthy. Barkley rushed for 1003 yards with six rushing touchdowns in 2019.
As he enters his third season in the NFL, Barkley hopes to continue to get better.
“What I want to see from myself is just growth,” Barkley said during a video conference call on Friday. “I feel like I have been saying this answer so much in my first two years. I’m really focused on trying to get better in every area of my game. I feel like I have so much more room to continue to grow, and there is so much I can continue to add to my game. I would say some big focal points are pass pro, in between the tackles, outside the tackles, catching the ball, ball security. Every single day, try to focus and try to get better in every area of my game.
“I am a big stickler when it comes to stuff like that. Definitely when our coaches sat down, they really have us focused on the details, and all the little things matter. That’s the focus and where I want to improve my game, which I guess you could say is everything. “
Barkley hopes to avoid the injury bug, and to avoid that; he attempted to get in even better shape in 2020.
“My approach was to try to get bigger, stronger, faster, which I think I was able to accomplish this offseason,” Barkley said. “Those injuries, the high ankle injury I had last year, that comes with the game. I got caught in a bad position at a bad time. It’s those other injuries that I want to try to take care of. Make sure I am hydrated right; make sure I am stretching. Make sure I am working with our trainers and PT. Obviously, when we are back into the regular season, all the extra stuff I do on the outside. Just try to focus on all the little things that I can control. The injuries that you can’t control, that’s just part of the game that I love. Hopefully, I can stay away from that.”
If Giants QB Daniel Jones continues to get better and the offensive line improves, Barkley’s numbers will be better. There are not too many running backs with Barkley’s size, speed, and strength. Any time he has the ball, something great can happen, and if he stays healthy, expect Barkley to continue to put up big numbers this season.