Saquon Barkley, Evan Engram’s Week 1 status for Giants up in the air
The New York Giants are looking to turn things around in 2021, and second-year NFL head coach Joe Judge doing everything in his power to help “Big Blue” compete against the three other teams in a very lackluster NFC East division. However, Judge might very well be without two key offensive players come Week 1 against the Denver Broncos as both running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Evan Engram remain uncertain to play.
The Giants will battle it out against the Broncos during the late afternoon window come Week 1. However, Barkley is still recovering from a severe knee injury he suffered last season, while Engram injured his calf this past weekend in the final week of the preseason, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.
There will be no decision on Saquon Barkley for the opener until next week. Few more key practices he needs to get through.
Still uncertainty with Evan Engram (calf) for Week 1, per Joe Judge. There is some “gray area” on this one and they’ll see how he does this week. #giants
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 31, 2021
The 24-year-old Saquon Barkley infamously tore his ACL last September and has not played for the Giants since. As the aforementioned Judge previously mentioned, the veteran running back will need to complete a few more practices before the team can fully assess his status for Week 1 against the Broncos.
Barkley only appeared in two regular season games for the Giants last season and tallied a mere 19 carries for 34 yards and no touchdowns.
On the other hand, the soon-to-be 27-year-old Evan Engram appeared in all 16 regular season games for the Giants for the first time in his NFL career. While producing less than stellar numbers year after year in East Rutherford, Engram most recently left New York’s final preseason game against the New England Patriots prematurely due to his ailing calf.