Barkley’s status has been one of the biggest mysteries in the NFL during the preseason. The star back went down with a season-ending injury in Week 2 of the 2020 season. Word on the street is that he’s made a full recovery, but the Giants have been cautious in his road to comeback.
NFL insider Jeremy Fowler had good news to share about the former Penn State star on Thursday afternoon. He said that the Giants believe Barkley has a good chance of playing against Denver in Week 1, but no official decision has been made just yet.
The Giants will wait until next week to make a final decision on Barkley’s availability in Week 1.
#Giants RB Saquon Barkley is trending in the right direction and has a strong chance to play Week 1 against Denver, per source. Team won't decide until next week and has been cautious so could still hold him back. But there is optimism. Barkley tore his ACL in Week 2 of 2020.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 2, 2021
Saquon Barkley was one of the most exciting players in the NFL during his first two seasons, both of which were 1000-yard-plus seasons. He had only 19 carries before suffering a torn ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 campaign.
The Giants offense should take a massive step forward if Barkley can give it a full-go this year. Daniel Jones is entering his third year, which tends to be the one quarterbacks take a jump. Hopefully that proves true for the Giants. Jones’ play will get better if he has Barkley standing next to him in the backfield.
It sounds like Barkley is close to being cleared for Week 1. What a comeback story it would be.