Saquon Barkley, Giants running back, is trying to steer his career in the right direction. He'll be taking many different routes when he leaves the huddle this year.
Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv reports that the second overall draft pick for 2018 has lined up at multiple spots during 2022 offseason exercises, as Brian Daboll's new offense. Barkley has many talents, including running back as a slot receiver and wide receiver.
Barkley stated this week that he believes it is beneficial, not only for himself but also for other players. "I haven’t really moved [around] this way since college. To see what I could do in college, I went back and viewed some of it.
He was a solid college player and became a top-tier prospect for the NFL. He didn't lose as a rookie. Barkley's problems in 2019 and 2020 were due to injuries.
In his option season, his rookie contract will allow him to be less involved in car-crash reality and instead run between the tackles.
Barkley stated that he feels at his best when he can get the ball in space. "I feel confident now, whether it's between the tackles or outside tackles. It's all about confidence, especially when your body is feeling better. I feel capable of supporting the team. I feel especially comfortable in space."
Barkley has had a difficult time getting fully healthy. He'll have to keep it that way. He might have his best season for four years if he is being tackled on the edge by defensive backs and not running into a meat grinder.