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Giants RB Saquon Barkley will use bye week to ‘get healthier’

Giants, Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley has not looked the same since coming back from an ankle injury in Week 7. The second-year running back had a tough day against the New York Jets on Sunday as the Giants handed the ball off to Barkley 13 times but only managed to pick up a single yard on those attempts.

The running back was also taken in for X-rays after the game concluded due to being shaken up by a couple hits courtesy of  Jamal Adams. In a game that featured more of Daniel Jones, who threw for four touchdowns, the bye week could not come sooner for Barkley.

“Only thing I can focus on is coming in and being the player for my team,” Barkley said, via Josh Alper of NBC Sports. “Just focused on this bye week, it’s a week where it gives everyone a chance to get healthier, not only myself but the whole team. We get to reflect on our season so far and try to be a better team than we were in the first half.”

Barkley couldn’t be any more correct as it seems that the entire Giants roster needs a week to rest and recover with Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram, two of New York’s top offensive weapons, sitting out Week 10’s game.

There is optimism though, as Jones’ performance on Sunday, throwing for 308 yards, four touchdowns and earning a passer rating of 121.7, showed that the young quarterback is moving along faster than many fans and coaches may have expected.

After the bye week, the Giants will head Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears who have just come off a win. The Giants will need to make sure they are healthy as a game with the Bears in mid-November usually entails a cold, hard-fought game is coming.