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Giants Now: ESPN chooses Saquon Barkley as bounce-back candidate


ESPN chooses Saquon Barkley as bounce-back candidate

Saquon Barkley exploded onto the scene in 2018, gaining over 2,000 total yards from scrimmage on his way to being named Offensive Rookie of the Year. After rushing for over 1,000 yards again in 2019, injuries derailed his last two seasons (torn ACL in 2020, sprained ankle in 2021).

ESPN recently picked a bounce-back candidate for all 32 teams across the league. For the Giants, the choice was Barkley, who ESPN's Jordan Raanan said "is a lot more confident in his body" after being another year removed from the ACL injury.

"Barkley looks healthier and better this summer than he has in years," wrote Raanan. "Both coach Brian Daboll and quarterback Daniel Jones used the word "explosive" to describe him this summer."

The 25-year-old back had five touches in last week's preseason opener against the New England Patriots and finished with 21 total yards.

Once his day was done, the fifth-year veteran was seen cheering on his teammates throughout the rest of the game. Barkley was rather animated after a late 15-yard run by Sandro Platzgummer, which has been a common theme for Barkley with all of his teammates, especially those in the RB room, since the start of training camp.

Head Coach Brian Daboll was pleased with the camaraderie shown, and voiced his approval of Barkley's leadership and work ethic.

"We're just trying to build as good a team chemistry as we can," said Daboll. "That's important. That's important during the season, as you guys know; you've been through NFL seasons for a long time. There's a lot of things that don't go as planned, and you have to stay strong within your group. And you have to support one another. And you have to concentrate and focus on the things you can control.

"And I'll just say with Saquon in general, he's been excellent since he's been here in the spring, picking up our stuff and into summer. His leadership has really been good. It's stood out in a strong way to me as is his performance and the way that he approaches it on a day-to-day basis. He's been fantastic."

View photos of Giants running back Saquon Barkley's time with the New York Giants.

Amani Toomer, Frank Gifford named to California High School Football Hall of Fame

The California High School Football Hall of Fame recently announced its inaugural class.

In celebration of the Rose Bowl Stadium's 100th birthday year, the Class of 2022 will feature 100 members, two of which are legendary New York Giants.

Frank Gifford and Amani Toomer are part of the inaugural class, the California High School Football Hall of Fame announced.

Both Gifford and Toomer played their entire NFL careers with the Giants, and both are members of the franchise's Ring of Honor.

A Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in 1977, Gifford played for the Giants from 1952-64, although he voluntarily retired in 1961 due to a serious injury suffered the previous season. He was known as one of the most versatile backs in NFL history. Gifford was the first choice in the draft by the Giants in 1952 after an All-America career at Southern California. He totaled 9,862 combined yards during his career. He rushed for 3,609 yards, caught 367 passes and scored 484 points.

Gifford was named to the Pro Bowl as a defensive back in 1953 and as an offensive back the following year - a first in NFL history. He played in seven Pro Bowls and was named All-NFL four times and NFL Player of the Year in 1956. Gifford holds the Giants record with 78 touchdowns. A true triple-threat back, Gifford threw 14 touchdown passes in 60 attempts on the halfback option. He retired after the 1960 season and returned in 1962 at a new position, flanker. The Giants reached the NFL Championship game five times during his career, including their victory in 1956.

Toomer joined the Giants in 1996 as a second-round draft choice from Michigan and played his entire 13-year career with the team. He played in 190 regular season games, the fourth-highest total in Giants his-tory. He also played in 11 postseason games, scoring two touchdowns in the Giants' victory over the Cowboys in a 2007 NFC Divisional Playoff Game and finishing with a team-high six receptions in the Super Bowl XLII triumph over New England. Toomer holds franchise records for catches (668), receiving yards (9,497), touch-down catches (54) and 100-yard receiving games (22). He finished his career with 82 more receptions than runner-up Barber (586) and 4,063 more yards than former record-holder Gifford (5,434).

Toomer caught at least one pass in a Giants-record 98 consecutive games before the streak ended in the 2005 season opener vs. Arizona. He holds the Giants' single-season record with 1,343 receiving yards in 2002. Toomer had the three highest single-season receptions totals in team history until Steve Smith shattered his former mark of 82 with 107 catches last year. Toomer also holds the Giants postseason records for receptions (44), yards (608) and touchdowns (seven). No one else in Giants play-off history has more than three postseason touchdown catches. In addition, Toomer is second in Giants history with 10,924 total yards (Barber is first with 17,359). His total includes 1,060 yards on punt returns, 257 yards on kickoff returns and 110 yards rushing.

📸 Through the Years: Giants vs. Bengals

The New York Giants are taking on the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night at 7:00 p.m.

Check out the gallery below to view photos of the all-time series between the two teams.