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Report: Barkley “making progress,” but no rush to return

Giants are said to be planning to play it safe with their star RB

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It’s been close to seven months now since Saquon Barkley suffered his serious right knee injury in only the second week of the 2020 season. But despite the immense progress Barkley has demonstrated, the New York Giants do not seem to be in any hurry to get him back too quickly.

ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported earlier today that the “Giants are taking a cautious approach with the centerpiece of their offense and playing the long-range game” after he was told by a source that Barkley was “making good progress” in his recovery.

Barkley and the Giants have both been posting videos and images of the former 2018 second overall pick doing drills and working hard towards getting ready for the 2021 season. After having his fifth-year option picked up, Barkley is looking to reassert himself among the league’s best backs after two injury-riddled seasons. When he’s healthy, though, the former Rookie of the Year is a gamebreaking talent with home-run scoring ability in both running and receiving. With that in mind, the Giants are clearly focused on Barkley’s future with the team though no contract extension talks are occurring as of now.

Having added Devontae Booker, Gary Brightwell, Corey Clement and Ryquell Armstead over the offseason, the Giants clearly wanted to invest resources into insurance policies for Barkley should another injury take place.

But a fully-healthy Saquon Barkley would be a welcome return to a new-look Giants offense that has inspired hope and confidence that brighter days are ahead for Big Blue.