Devonta Freeman to meet with Giants, could replace Saquon Barkley
The New York Giants are looking to replace recently injured halfback Saquon Barkley. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Giants will meet with free agent Devonta Freeman in efforts to fill Barkley’s production.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 21, 2020
Freeman was last seen in action for the Atlanta Falcons where he spent his first six seasons of his career. Last season, he rushed for 656 yards in 184 attempts. He may bid well on the receiving aspect as well, as he touted 410 receiving yards while hauling in 59-of-70 targets.
Freeman had recently visited the Philadelphia Eagles last weekend, but apparently the two sides were unable to come to terms on a deal with the developing news of the Giants emerging as a reasonable suitor. Even after turning down a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, he remains one of the most tempting free agents left in the free agency pool.
The Giants could opt for current backup Dion Lewis to take over the mantle in Barkley’s absence. He rushed for a touchdown on Sunday after Barkley’s injury, but he only had 20 yards on 10 carries throughout the game. Another option would be Wayne Gallman, who was Barkley’s primary backup option for the prior two seasons.
Freeman shows to be a clearer option opposed to the two previously mentioned given his stats during his tenure with Atlanta. His downside may come from a health standpoint, as he was never able to complete a full season since 2016. The Giants may be wary about taking on another halfback that may pose a health threat down the line.
Barkley went down in the opening of the second quarter against the Chicago Bears. He adds to the alarming list of injuries that occurred in Week 2 that has sparked debate. There are questions if the delay of the season due to COVID-19 has been a silent force in the piling of injuries in Week 2.