Saquon Barkley shows off progress in workout video
Saquon Barkley's third season in the NFL was cut short after he suffered a torn ACL during the first half of the team's Week 2 game against the Chicago Bears.
It has been a while since we've seen Barkley on the field, but the Giants' star running back showed off the progress he's made during his rehab in a workout video posted on social media.
Barkley exploded onto the scene as a rookie in 2018, totaling over 2,000 yards from scrimmage while starting all 16 games. He finished the season with 261 rush attempts for 1,307 yards (5.0 avg.) and 11 touchdowns, adding 91 receptions for 721 yards and another four touchdowns. The 91 receptions are tied for the fourth-most in a single-season in Giants history, and also matched the franchise's rookie reception record.
His performance earned him the honor of NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, as well as a selection to the Pro Bowl.
The running back put up big numbers in his second season as well, averaging 4.6 yards per carry on 217 rush attempts for a total of 1,003 yards and six touchdowns. Barkley also caught 52 passes for 438 yards and two receiving touchdowns in 13 games.
Voted a team captain in each of the last two seasons, Barkley touched the ball a total of 25 times (19 carries, six receptions) for 94 yards in the 5+ quarters he played in during the 2020 campaign before suffering the torn ACL at Soldier Field.
Week 1 is still over five months away, but Barkley has already taken to social media to express confidence in his comeback.
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Mock Draft Tracker: Draft month is upon us
The evaluation process for the 2021 NFL Draft has entered the home stretch.
With three weeks to go until the first round kicks off in Cleveland, pro days are starting to wrap up around the country. For the past month, these on-campus workouts took the place of the Scouting Combine as NFL hopefuls showcased their skills in front of coaches, scouts, and general managers.
In addition, three teams recently shook up the draft order.
First, the 49ers acquired the No. 3 overall pick from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for San Francisco's 2021 first-round selection (No. 12), along with the 49ers' 2022 and 2023 first-round picks and a 2022 compensatory third-round draft pick.
Miami then acquired a 2021 first-round pick (No. 6) and a 2021 fifth-round pick (No. 156) from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2021 first-round pick (No. 12), a 2021 fourth-round pick (No. 123) and a 2022 first-round pick.
So, what does it all mean for the Giants at No. 11? Here are some of the latest mock drafts from media outlets across the country:
Pick: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, ILB, Notre Dame
Analysis: "I wouldn't be surprised to see the Giants look at USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, but they just took three linemen in the first five rounds last year, including Andrew Thomas at No. 4 overall. And while the defense was stellar last season, getting defensive coordinator Patrick Graham a versatile, rangy, fast, instinctive linebacker like Owusu-Koramoah will help keep it that way."
Pick: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Analysis: "The smart play might be to go with one of the premier edge rushers available at this spot, because it's truly a team need. You guys have already added Kenny Golladay, Kyle Rudolph and (checks notes) John Ross to the mix on offense, so going with Waddle might be considered overkill at this point. But I'm of the mind that you give Danny Dimes every available resource to be successful in this league."
Pick: Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern
Analysis: "With all the top pass catchers off the board, GM Dave Gettleman yells "INTO THE TRENCHES!" during his war room Zoom call, and picks Slater to be a movable piece up front for Sir Daniel Dimes."
Pick: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Analysis: "The Giants have had an excellent offseason adding Kenny Golladay, Adoree' Jackson, and re-signing some of their key players. I always liked the idea of the Giants taking either Waddle or DeVonta Smith here, and to be honest, I am not totally against taking a receiver even after the Golladay addition. In the end, I believe the Giants will turn to their defense and add a playmaker who can help get the ball back to their offense. Parsons is a top-seven player in this year's draft and is one of the best linebackers prospects to come out in the last few years. He has outstanding size, speed, burst, and range and is equally productive against the run and the pass. He would be a tremendous fit for Patrick Graham's multiple front defense and has the physical and tough attitude that head coach Joe Judge appreciates."
Inside the Film Room: Reggie Ragland brings physicality, power to LB room
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