New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley might be nursing a strained hamstring, but that isn't stopping him from getting in work this week.
Barkley is not be able to participate much at all in the Giants' joint practices with the Detroit Lions -- the Giants are rightly being cautious following his hamstring strain.
But while he might not be able to run in practice, he is still able to work on his hands. After practice, Barkley was spotted working on his receiving skills with the JUGS machine.
VIDEO: Saquon Barkley with his teammates post-practice, workin #Giants pic.twitter.com/VAzvnlcHAB— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 15, 2018
Saquon Barkley. Look ma: one hand #Giants pic.twitter.com/BYZeA7LsQf— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) August 15, 2018
While Barkley's abilities as a runner are exciting -- just look at his first NFL touch -- it is his ability as a receiver that set him apart from the pack. Even the play on which Barkley was hurt was a spectacular catch that would have been a highlight reel worthy touchdown in a real game.
Pat Shurmur said before the draft that he didn't have much use for a running back who couldn't catch the football. It just fits with Barkley's reputation that even when he can't practice he is working on an area of his game which is important for his team.