Devonta Freeman sounds confident filling in for Saquon Barkley
After Saquon Barkley’s season-ending ACL injury, the New York Giants called up Devonta Freeman to fill up the young halfback’s spot. Contrary to critics’ concerns, Freeman is confident that he’ll do a splendid job for the Giants.
Before getting the call-up from the Giants, the 28-year-old Freeman actually turned down several offers from teams in the offseason. After he was cut from the Atlanta Falcons in March, the two-time Pro Bowl declined a free-agent offer from the Seattle Seahawks. He was actually sitting on an offer from the Philadelphia Eagles but chose to ink a deal with the Giants after Barkley went down.
“I know I still have a lot in the tank,” Freeman said, per Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post. “This was a great opportunity at the right time, coming in to compete.”
“A lot of situations didn’t fit what I want to do and some of my own personal goals,” Freeman said. “Trying to win one game at a time and when it’s all said and done hopefully win the big game.”
While a still quality player with a hefty resume, there are still concerns about his previous groin injury and lackluster performance with the Falcons in his last two years there. Some have even questioned if his 28-year-old body can still endure the punishment. Amid all the concerns, Freeman espouses bright confidence as he takes his talents to New York.
“You can be as young as you want to be,” Freeman said. “I’ve seen guys who have been around this league for a very long time and I’ve studied the way they take care of their body.”
Let’s see if Freeman’s positive mindset trickles on over to a stellar performance for the Giants on the field.