2022 New York Giants training camp roster preview: RB Saquon Barkley

In 2018, running back Saquon Barkley set the world on fire, proving he was a dynamic player and worthy of being the second pick in the draft.

But after a stellar rookie performance in which he amassed more than 2,000 all-purpose yards (2,028) and earned AP “2018 A Offensive Rookie of the Year” honors, Sports News, and Pro Football Writers of America, Barkley had a tough time that had people wondering if the Giants blundered by passing over an offensive lineman or dropping No. 2 overall in this draft.

In his second campaign, Barkley missed three games due to a sprained ankle suffered in the third week of the season, with the injury clearly affecting him even after his return.

As he still managed to finish his second 1,000-yard rushing season – barely at that – grumbles that Barkley was an “all or nothing” back type began to surface.

The following season Barkley’s football world came to a halt when five quarters into the new campaign he suffered a devastating torn ACL on the grass at Soldier Field, an injury that required reconstructive surgery.

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Not one to give up on his dreams, and perhaps inspired by how legendary running back Adrian Peterson came back better than ever from a similar set of circumstances, Barkley has worked hard to get back on the pitch. Sure enough, he hasn’t missed a beat despite some speculation that the Giants may be keeping him out of games until he’s fully out of a year with the injury.

Barkley would return, but lo and behold, the injury bug struck again, this time a freak event, when he suffered a bizarre sprained ankle that cost him four more games.

Still determined to get back on track, Barkley kept going, rehabilitating the ankle, trying to stay patient and looking forward to better things to come.

With this latest offseason being the first for him since 2019 in which he hasn’t had to mix rehab work with his training, Barkley, who will be two years away from the ACL injury last year, l made it look like although he doesn’t fully trust that knee at times, he aims to thrive in his contract season.

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) juggles the ball during a voluntary minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) enters the field in the second half.  The Giants lose to Washington, 22-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, January 9, 2022.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) reacts as the offense leaves the field in the second half at MetLife Stadium.  The Giants fall to the Cowboys, 21-6, on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at East Rutherford.

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