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Giants’ Saquon Barkley not worried about potentially increased workload

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“I don’t think any number is too high for me personally”

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Saquon Barkley finished second in the NFL in touches (rushing attempts/receptions combined) in 2018 with 352. Only Ezekiel Elliott (381) had more. Can Barkley handle even more work for the New York Giants?

“I don’t think any number is too high for me personally. At the end of the day, I know I sound like a broken record, but you will hear this for as long as I am in the NFL, as long as I take care of my body, my body will take care of me,” Barkley said on Tuesday. “I will continue to have my team around me. Obviously, have a great strength staff here and a great training staff here. Have to be a pro outside the facility. Whether it is 350 touches, 400 touches or less touches next year. Whatever I have to do to have this team compete for a championship, I am going to do.”

Coming off a season that saw him become only the third rookie in NFL history to surpass 2,000 total yards Barkley said he believes he is “seeing the field a lot better and understanding the offense.”

Barkley is optimistic about the additions of Kevin Zeitler and Mike Remmers to the offensive line, though Remmers is still not practicing following back surgery.

“For me, the big things were that we never really had a solidified five on the line [in 2018] until the second half of the season. As a running back, it is just getting the feel. Running is like an art. I was talking to the line today. Whether it is an inside zone, outside, whatever kind of run it is, it is just a feel for each other,” Barkley said. “Understanding, how can I set them up and what kind of blocking do they like to do. Just adding those guys who are pros and have done it at a high level definitely helps, but to be able to have them here now and to be able to have them mesh and start it off early, it is definitely going to help when the season comes along.”