Giants’ Barkley hopes to be better in 2020

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.

NFL approves expansion of postseason in 2020

NFL clubs voted today to expand the postseason by two teams beginning with the 2020 season.

Expanding the NFL postseason was addressed in the new NFL-NFLPA Collective BargainingAgreement. Players  and clubs both recognized that nothing energizes fans like the chance to see their team qualify for the playoffs and compete for the Super Bowl.

Today’s vote during a league meeting held remotely follows the recommendation of the Competition Committee, Management Council Executive Committee and Media Committee on increasing the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14.

Two additional Wild Card teams – one each in the American and National Football Conferences – will qualify for the playoffs. The No. 1 seed in each conference will receive a bye in the Wild Card round. The remaining division  champions in each conference with the best records will be seeded 2, 3, and 4, followed by the next three teams  per conference with the best records seeded 5, 6, and 7.

AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed.

Wild Card Weekend for the 2020 season will consist of three games on Saturday, January 9, and three games on Sunday, January 10, 2021.  ​

CBS will broadcast one additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 4:40 p.m. ET. The game will also be available via a livestream on CBS All Access. Additionally, as part of CBS’ coverage, a separately produced telecast of the game will air on Nickelodeon, tailored for a younger audience.

NBC, its new streaming service Peacock, as well as Telemundo will all broadcast an additional Wild Card game on January 10 with kickoff at approximately 8:15 p.m. ET. ​

​The NFL last expanded the playoffs for the 1990 season, increasing from 10 to 12 the number of teams to qualify for the postseason. Since 1990, at least four new teams have qualified for the playoffs that missed the postseason the year before – a streak of 30 consecutive seasons.​