Watch: Saquon Barkley Trains at the Beach as New York Giants Running Back Prepares for NFL Return

Published 06/23/2021, 9:11 AM EDT


The 2020 NFL season was a rough one for the New York Giants. Falling to a 6-10 losing record, the New York-based franchise failed to make it to the playoffs.

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A lot of their misfortunes could be blamed on their misfiring offense. Averaging just 18 points a game, the Giants offense ranked 31st overall in the league.

Many feel the reason for their poor showing on the offensive front last season was down to the fact that they lost stare running back Saquon Barkley early on in the season. 

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Sep 20, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is helped off of the field after suffering an injury. He sustained the injury during the game against Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Drafted as the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the running back from Penn State lit the league up during his explosive rookie campaign.  

Winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, the running back earned his first Pro Bowl call up all while finishing second in the league for most rushing yards. 

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After a minor dip in his output, the running back looked to return to his very best in 2020. But an ACL tear early on left Barkley on the sidelines for the rest of the campaign. 

Now back to near full fitness, the running back posted a video of him working out which will have Giants fans optimistic about 2021. 

New York Giants banking on Saquon Barkley to lift their offense

Barkley underwent surgery in October for his ACL. While nearly fit and ready to take the field again, the running back recently stated that he doesn’t wish to put a timeline on his return just yet.

But that doesn’t mean he’s not working his way towards getting there. In a series of Instagram stories, the running back was seen running a number of drills at the beach.

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The running back was seen sprinting, cutting past dummies, and catching the ball as he looks to mount a charge towards regaining his 2018 form. 

Missing 14 games, Barkley hardly missed a step as he looks to add to the Giants offense which has made a number of key additions over the offseason including the like of wide receiver Kenny Golladay

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Barkley’s form will play a crucial role in the Giants’ playoff aspirations. With their last postseason appearance back in 2016, it’s been a while since the Giants made some noise in the playoffs. 

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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