Saquon Barkley did not look like himself on Sunday against the Jets.
The Giants lost to their in-house rivals 34-27, and Barkley didn’t do as much to help their cause as he usually does. The star running back caught five passes for 30 yards, but could only manage one yard on 13 rushing attempts.
Barkley is only a few weeks removed from a high ankle sprain, and his performance sparked some concerns that he might not be 100 percent physically. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur tried to downplay those worries when he spoke Monday about Barkley’s status.
Players have bad games, but Barkley has been noticeably less effective since coming back from injury. He has averaged only 2.6 yards per carry in the four games following his return. New York has lost all four of those games.
At 2-8, there isn’t much left for the Giants to be playing for other than player development. The rest of the season will be a continued effort to get experience for Daniel Jones and some of the other young players on the roster. Seeing Barkley find his form would also be a good sign for the future.
The Giants have a bye this week, so Barkley will get a chance to rest if he is still a little banged up. In Week 12, Shurmur’s team will travel to Chicago to face the Bears. Their chances of winning will be a lot better if Barkley can get back to his old self.