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Saquon Barkley ‘feeling really good’ upon return to Giants practice

Saquon Barkley participated in practice with New York Giants, albeit on a limited basis, on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury during a preseason game on Aug. 13. The initial returns were encouraging, at least from Barkley’s perspective.

“I’m feeling really good, feeling strong, continue to strengthen [the hamstring],” Barkley said, via the New York Post. “The strength staff and trainers have been doing a great job with me, conditioning me a little bit over there, too, making sure I’m continuing to get ready for the game or next time I’m able to play.”

It’s unlikely that Barkley will play in the Giants’ third preseason game against the New York Jets on Friday after sitting out last week’s exhibition against the Detroit Lions. The rookie running back only took part in individual drills and some 7-on-7 action during Wednesday’s no-pads session.

Giants head coach Pat Shurmur would not say whether or not Barkley would even see any action in the fourth and final preseason game in a meaningless matchup with the New England Patriots. Shurmur mentioned the team will be “smart” while stressing the main objective is ensuring Barkley is ready for the season opener on Sept. 9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Barkley, who was pretty hard on himself over straining his left hamstring while stretching out to catch a pass, insists things are trending upward.

“Personally, the way I feel, my body feels, I feel good,” Barkley said. “I’ve been moving really well. But that’s what the trainers get paid for. They tell me stories all the time, and talking to other guys, even guys like [Odell Beckham Jr.] that hurt their hamstring before. It’s when you feel 100 percent and that’s when you give it that push, boom it happens again and it’s a setback. I don’t want any setbacks at all.

“When it’s time for me, when they feel I’m ready, that’s when I’ll be ready.”

The Giants realize Barkley has the potential to be a game-changer on offense in 2018. There’s no reason to rush things.