New York Giants head coach Joe Judge said he wanted to get Saquon Barkley some contact before he could potentially play in Week 1. Barkley got that today, even if his status for the season opener still hasn’t been revealed.
Barkley absorbed some hits from teammates during Thursday’s padded practice as he continues to work his way back from the torn ACL he suffered in Week 2 last season.
Afterwards, Barkley told reporters he “felt good” but remained coy about his availability for the first game of the year.
Saquon Barkley is still in “take it one day at a time” mode. He’s not ready to say if he’ll be playing Week 1. pic.twitter.com/a90caGXv8f
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 2, 2021
Saquon said he had got some contact today but he didn’t seem to view it as a major checkpoint. Saquon still not tipping his hand on Week 1. Very much in “day-by-day” mode https://t.co/KRvLgvizhq
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) September 2, 2021
Earlier today, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported there is a “strong chance” Barkley plays against the Denver Broncos on September 12. It certainly seems like he and the Giants are working hard to make that a reality.
New York will play on short rest in Week 2, taking on the Washington Football Team on September 16. With that quick turnaround, there’s a chance that even if Barkley does play against Denver, his snaps will be limited.
Still, having him out there in any capacity will be a boon to a Giants’ offense that ranked 31st in the NFL in 2020.