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Giants Now: Saquon Barkley primed to bounce back

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NFL.com chooses Saquon Barkley as Giants' non-quarterback MVP

In his rookie season back in 2018, Saquon Barkley played all 16 games and caught 91 passes, an NFL record for a rookie running back. The talented back, who finished second in the league with 1,307 rushing yards, also ranked 13th in receptions that year while leading the league with 2,028 total yards from scrimmage.

Injuries have derailed his last few seasons, but Barkley will look to bounce back in 2022 under head coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka, two offensive minds that can help get the most out of the athletic young running back.

NFL.com recently predicted each team's non-quarterback MVP for the upcoming season, in which Barkley was the choice for Big Blue.

As NFL.com's Kevin Patra writes, "Since his dynamic rookie season (NFL-best 2,028 scrimmage yards), the running back has missed 21 games and never looked fully back from his ACL tear last season. But if he can return to form in 2022, Barkley is a dual-threat weapon who can control games and be the ideal security blanket for Daniel Jones. We haven't seen the real Saquon in years -- the man with the Barry Sanders-type moves in the open field who can burn past DBs. In what amounts to a make-or-break campaign, here's betting Barkley can get back on track."

Barkley played in 13 games last season, finishing the year with 593 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while adding 41 receptions for 263 yards and an additional two scores.

The 25-year-old had his best game of the season against the New Orleans Saints in Week 4, a game in which he finished with 126 total yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score in overtime. It was early in the team's next matchup against the Dallas Cowboys that Barkley sprained his ankle, an injury that forced him to miss the next four contests.

View photos of Giants running back Saquon Barkley.

Inside Ed Triggs' role as Giants' director of football ops

Everyone has heard the title, but what exactly does a director of football operations do?

The better questions is what doesn't it entail.

From dealing with the salary cap to negotiating contracts to planning for the future to interacting with agents, Ed Triggs has a lot on his plate. The Giants' director of football ops recently joined the "Giants Huddle" podcast to discuss his role with the team and his journey from starting in the video department the year before Tom Coughlin arrived.

But at the heart of it all is a roughly 5,000-page document called the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement.

"There's a lot of rules in there when it comes to offseason workouts, when it comes to what you can and cannot put in contracts," Triggs said, "and it's my job to make sure we don't screw any of that stuff up."

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