New York Giants star running back Saquon Barkley suffered a high ankle sprain in their Week 3 win on the road over the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Saquon Could Be Out for half the season
Running back Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants suffered a high ankle sprain that could see him miss up to eight weeks. The New York Giants star running back got hurt on a play in the second quarter. He did return to the sideline on crutches and wearing a walking boot.
Prior to that injury, Barkley seemed to be everything we thought he was. He’s a special running back who can literally do everything which makes this injury unfortunate. It was nice that the team got a win but this was definitely bad news for their overall season outlook.
Daniel Jones Picked Up the Slack
While the Saquon Barkley news is terrible, the debut of Daniel Jones has to be very encouraging. The rookie QB was able to pick up a win in the first start of his career. He got lucky that the Tampa Bay Bucs kicker choke that won’t matter much. He played well and showed poise under pressure to put his team ahead and give them a chance to win. He did his job and after Sunday’s performance, it looks like the Eli Manning era is officially over in New York.
While Saquon Barkley won’t be available for a while, that might be a blessing in disguise for Jones’ development. It would be really easy and very understandable for Jones to check down to Barkley if his first option isn’t open. Now he’ll be more likely to go through his reads and take chances down field. Then of course when Saquon Barkley does come back, if Jones is living up to being the second quarterback chosen in the draft (6th overall), then the Giants would have a young duo to lead them into the future.
Giants Won’t Rush Saquon Back
The Giants are not a Super Bowl contender even with Saquon. Without him they probably won’t be a playoff contender. Truth be told, even if he was 100% healthy, they are not projected to make the playoffs. With that in mind, the Giants should rest Saquon Barkley for as long as possible. Let him heal up and maybe come back for the last few games to build some chemistry with Daniel Jones.
They have a bye in week 11 so they should probably thing about bringing him back in Week 12-13. That way he can get a few games with Jones under his belt and if they are not in the playoff hunt, which is likely, they can get a good pick.
Looking Toward the Future
At this point it’s all about the future for the New York Giants. In the present they are a bad football team who might have picked the right QB despite all the doubts. It’s way too early to predict how Daniel Jones will be as an NFL quarterback after just one start. What we do know is that a healthy Saquon Barkley is a superstar. If Jones can be a good starting QB to pair alongside Saquon, the Giants have a bright future.