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Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley

24-Year-Old Running BackRB

New York Giants

Questionable

Injury Knee – ACL + MCL




$Signed a four-year, $31.19 million contract with the Giants in July of 2018.

Extension not coming soon

March 31, 2021

ANALYSIS
Mara also said that he hopes Barkley is a “Giant for life” and that he’s fully confident the star running back will return to full health, but this is nonetheless a murky situation. According to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, general manager Dave Gettleman said recently that Barkley’s injuries have complicated the team’s looming decision about whether to pick up his fifth-year option, a choice that will need to be made this spring. Barkley has undeniably been slowed by injury ever since winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2018, and in 2020 he had just 19 carries for 34 yards in two contests before tearing his right ACL. All recent news regarding Barkley’s recovery process has at least been positive, so it’s difficult to imagine New York simply letting him walk after 2021. However, it’s also worth noting that under the new CBA all fifth-year options are fully guaranteed upon being exercised, which could be the causing the Giants to be more cautious after spending heavily in free agency.

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How do Saquon Barkley’s 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?


This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player’s percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.


  • Broken Tackle %

    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.



  • Positive Run %

    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.



  • % Yds After Contact

    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.



  • Avg Yds After Contact

    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.



  • Rushing TD %

    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.



  • Touches Per Game

    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game



  • % Snaps w/Touch

    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.



  • Air Yards Per Game

    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.



  • Air Yards Per Snap

    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.



  • % Team Air Yards

    The percentage of the team’s total air yards he accounts for.



  • % Team Targets

    The percentage of the team’s total targets he accounts for.



  • Avg Depth of Target

    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.



  • Catch Rate

    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.



  • Drop Rate

    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.



  • Avg Yds After Catch

    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.


Avg Depth of Target

3.3 Yds

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How do Saquon Barkley’s measurables compare to other running backs?


This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player’s percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.



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Past Fantasy Outlooks




While the debate still rages over whether it’s ever worth taking a running back with a top-5 draft pick in the modern NFL, Barkley could hardly have done more to make the case for his position. The second overall pick in 2018 became just the third rookie to eclipse 2,000 scrimmage yards (joining Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James) while breaking Reggie Bush’s rookie record for catches by a running back. In fact, Barkley’s 91 catches tied Odell Beckham Jr.’s franchise record by a rookie, to say nothing of all the other Giants records he set. His unreal blend of power, elusiveness and wheels (at 21.91 mph Barkley recorded the third-fastest speed of any 2018 rushing TD) makes him the top big-play threat in the league. His seven runs of 40-plus yards were the most since Adrian Peterson had eight in 2012, and Barkley and Randy Moss are the only players in NFL history to score five TDs of 50-plus yards in their debut campaigns. Barkley could see more stacked fronts this season with the team’s quarterback play potentially hitting rock bottom (he faced eight-man fronts on just 23 percent of his carries last season), but an improved offensive line will help mitigate the impact, and the Giants still have a decent receiving corps even without Beckham. The bottom line is simple: in terms of his production floor and ceiling, Barkley can’t be touched.

The second overall pick in the 2018 draft, Barkley follows in the footsteps of Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette as running backs deemed worthy of top-five selections in recent years. Barkley has the skills to live up to that billing, as his standout career at Penn State was punctuated by frequent highlight-reel performances. Barkley’s speed – a 4.4 40 at the combine – and top-shelf elusiveness and agility make it extremely difficult for defenders once he finds open real estate. At 6-0, 233, Barkley is a load to bring down, and his strong lower body allows him to pick up plenty of yards after contact, though he struggled at times running between the tackles. He also worked hard to turn himself into a three-down back who can help as a receiver and a pass protector, something the Giants needed to prioritize given their aging quarterback and shaky offensive line. The team did remake its line in the offseason, signing Nate Solder and Patrick Omameh as free agents and using a second-round pick on guard Will Hernandez, so Barkley should be able to use his moves to avoid hits two yards past the line of scrimmage instead of two yards behind it. Expect him to see a big workload as the new centerpiece of the Giants offense.


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