After two 1,000-yard rushing seasons, the Penn State alumnus suffered a torn ACL in Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season.
He did not play again that year, finishing with 19 carries for 34 yards.
In 2021, Barkley ended up with 593 yards and two touchdowns, which were nowhere near his rookie season.
The Giants picked up his fifth-year option worth $7.2 million despite that discrepancy.
But it looks like the recent coaching change has the 2018 Pro Bowler feeling excited.
Saquon Barkley: ‘I love it here.’
He sounded a lot like old energized, confident self. Never got that impression from October on last year. I hear he and Brian Daboll have REALLY hit it off #giants
— Ryan Dunleavy (@rydunleavy) April 20, 2022
New York Post’s Ryan Dunleavy tweeted, “Saquon Barkley: ‘I love it here.’ He sounded a lot like old energized, confident self. Never got that impression from October on last year. I hear he and Brian Daboll have REALLY hit it off #giants.”
Great Things Coming For The Giants?
That’s a positive sign for what Daboll is trying to build in The Big Apple.
The former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator spent time with Barkley and quarterback Daniel Jones.
He was giving Jones some pointers and ran some catching drills with Barkley.
This gesture must be Daboll’s way of building chemistry with the players to lead the Giants’ offense.
As an offensive-minded coach, he knows the importance of getting the quarterback and his skill players on the same page with him.
That Barkley will rededicate himself to become the running back he once was is fantastic news for the organization that used the second overall selection in 2018 for him.
However, they still have a long way to go as far as being competitive in their division.
Their offensive line needs a massive overhaul.
Likewise, they will need more production from their receiving corps after finishing 31st in passing yards per game last season.
The Giants also finished second to the last in total yards and points per game in 2021.