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Giants RB Saquon Barkley expected to play vs. Cardinals in Week 7

Saquon Barkley

After the New York Giants’ 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots, they’re starting to get some good news. After some time being without running back Saquon Barkley, they’re expected to see him come back in week seven against the Arizona Cardinals.

The Thursday Night game does come with some positive news with the extended time between games going in New York’s favor. Although the second-year back is still experiencing some soreness, the Giants are looking to take the precautions and time before putting him back into the starting lineup.

The team did find some success in their first game without the Penn State product. Against the NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins, they were given a big game out of Wayne Gallman with his 118 yards from scrimmage (63 rushing) and two touchdowns.

The offense also put together 164 rushing yards on 37 carries for an average of 4.4 yards per carry. But they’re last two games haven’t had that same production.

Bringing Barkley back into the lineup will greatly help the rushing attack after they’ve been struggling over the last two games. They’ve averaged only 58 rushing yards per game, and have been unable to create better situations for their rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. Even in the passing game they’ve only come away with ten total receiving yards on four catches.

Barkley is someone that will take the workload off of his rookie quarterback as he will come in to get rid of the eight men in the box formations, as well as giving Jones another reliable receiving option.