Giants’ Barkley banged up in career-worst sport

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  • Jordan RaananESPN Employees Author

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants operating again Saquon Barkley‘s struggles reached new depths Sunday when he had a career-low one speeding yard on 13 carries in a 34-27 loss to the New York Jets. He additionally didn’t successfully block Jets security Jamal Adams on a pair of sack/fumbles within the contest.

Barkley’s earlier low in a sport he performed from begin to end was 28 yards, which occurred final week in opposition to the Cowboys and Week 2 of his rookie season. His longest run in opposition to the Jets went for 3 yards. Barkley had 4 rushes that went for unfavorable yards within the contest.

Barkley was “banged up” in Sunday’s sport, in response to coach Pat Shumur. He was seen by reporters coming into the X-ray room following the loss.

“Jets performed a hell of a sport. They seem to be a hell of a protection,” Barkley stated. “Going into the sport they had been solely averaging [allowing] 3.1 yards per carry. They did an incredible job. I reached out to [defensive coordinator Greg] Williams. Shook his hand and stated, ‘good job.'”

When requested about whether or not the accidents had been affecting his play or in regards to the X-ray, Barkley responded: “Subsequent query.”



Jamal Adams wrestles the ball away from Daniel Jones with authority and takes off the opposite means for a 25-yard landing.

It has been a battle for Barkley ever since getting back from a excessive ankle sprain suffered in Week 3. He is averaging simply 2.6 yards per carry within the 4 video games since.

There was a second early within the second quarter when Barkley grabbed at his left leg after an incomplete cross thrown in his course. He was taken off the sector for one play, then returned and not using a limp.

Barkley’s earlier harm was to his proper ankle. Regardless, the Professional Bowl operating again is not passing the attention take a look at at this level. There could also be causes past the struggles of the Giants’ offensive line, which completed the sport with three backups on the sector.

“[Barkley] obtained banged up somewhat bit [Sunday], so I do not know,” Shurmur stated. “I am certain that contributes. We’ll take a look at it as we go. He obtained banged round fairly good.”

There have been moments when Barkley was on the sector that he was ineffective. It confirmed up on two expensive performs along with his blocking.

Barkley was dominated by Adams on the sack/fumbles, with the second leading to an Adams landing.

“Jamal Adams beat me. Easy as that. He is a heck of a participant. All-Professional,” Barkley stated. “Did not actually wish to change jerseys with him after the sport. Jokingly instructed him that. One in all my good pals. One in all my boys. Hell of a participant. A lot respect to him. I obtained to be higher there.”

Barkley and the Giants (2-8) are coming into their bye week sputtering and never at 100%. This provides them time to heal.

Beginning huge receiver Sterling Shepard, tight finish Evan Engram, proper deal with Mike Remmers and heart Jon Halapio all missed Sunday’s sport due to harm. Left deal with Nate Solder exited within the second quarter with a concussion.

“Solely factor I obtained to deal with is simply coming in and attempting to be the participant I can for my staff,” Barkley stated. “Simply deal with the bye week. It is a week the place everybody can get an opportunity to get more healthy, not solely myself however the entire staff. We get to mirror on our season up to now. Simply attempt to be a greater staff than we had been within the first half.”

The Giants enter their bye week on a six-game skid. It has everybody trying to find solutions.

“I imply, like, I do not know. Sure, frustration, disappointment, anger. All the pieces you stated,” Barkley stated. “Nobody desires to be 2-8. Nobody desires to have a dropping file. I do not know, sure. Everyone seems to be upset. Everyone seems to be annoyed.”

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