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Giants’ Saquon Barkley unlikely to play in any preseason games

Saquon Barkley

Fans for the New York Giants are curious to see if Saquon Barkley sees any playing time during their preseason schedule. There are two weeks remaining in the preseason and the Giants star running back has yet to play in either of their two preseason games to date.

According to Dan Duggan of The Athletic, Barkley is unlikely to play in the last two preseason games for New York. Head coach Pat Shurmur has been adamant that the team will do what they feel is best for their workhorse running back.

During the preseason last year, Barkley wowed in his preseason debut with a 39-yard run against the Cleveland Browns on his first NFL carry. Then, a minor hamstring injury hampered his preseason and the rookie phenom was held out of the final three preseason contests as a precaution.

After the injury scare, Barkley lined up as the starter in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the rest is history. The rookie rusher out of Penn State totaled 2,028 yards from scrimmage. Along with his outstanding yardage, he found his way into the end zone 15 times.

Barkley’s 2,028 yards from scrimmage led the entire NFL and it helped him land a bid for the Pro Bowl. It also aided him in receiving the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. This season, things are a bit different for the Giants on offense.

Earlier this offseason, the team traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns in a shocking move. As a result of OBJ’s departure, the second-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft is expected to get a hefty workload. In 2018, Barkley touched the ball 352 times in New York’s offense.

Therefore, it may be wise to rest their featured running back ahead of a season where he could exceed nearly 400 touches for the Giants.