Saquan Barkley brushes aside criticism and trade rumors

Giants Pro Bowl running back Saquan Barkley said he was “tired” of the constant criticism surrounding his drop in production, while dismissing trade rumors as mere speculation.

“The story that’s going to be told – people are going to shape it the way they want it to be told,” the 24-year-old said during the team’s volunteer minicamp.

Barkley came to the Giants as the 2nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and quickly became a sensation, while rushing for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns in his rookie year, and setting multiple scoring records. franchise.

That phenomenal freshman performance gave Big Blue fans hope that he could be a top offensive weapon for years to come.

Unfortunately for the Penn State product, injuries hampered his next two seasons, as he missed 3 games in his sophomore season, before tearing his ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 season, which caused him to miss the next 14 games.

Last year, Barkley played in 13 games but only passed for 593 yards and 2 touchdowns, while recording a mediocre 3.7 yards per attempt – frustrating fans who lamented his slowness on the field.

Worse, the Giants have never had a winning record with Barkley on the roster.

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Now, as the team enters the upcoming season with a new coach in Brian Daboll, as well as a new general manager in Joe Schoen, some observers have wondered if Barkley has a future at MetLife Stadium, or if the team could look to trade him. .

Ridding Barkley from the roster would also help alleviate the team’s cap space issues, as the Giants find themselves among the worst financially-stricken teams in the NFL.

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For his part, Barkley brushed off criticism and rumours, saying he was focused on offensive production.

“To be honest, I’m just tired of everything written about me,” he said. told reporters. “I want to go out there and prove to this organization that the player they drafted is still there – I can still do special things with the ball in my hands, and I can help this team.”

The phenom also lamented what he saw as the media’s exaggeration of the possibility of a swap.

“To be honest, I felt like it was more word of mouth, the media kind of created a story,” he said. “I didn’t really take it that way to be completely honest.”

Regarding his injuries, Barkley said he felt “much better”.

“I feel like myself again,” he said.

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