Saquon Barkley ‘ready for a full load’ in Giants’ season opener
Saquon Barkley insists he’s “ready for a full load” ahead of the New York Giants’ season-opening game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this coming Sunday. And the Giants rookie running back does not believe seeing limited action in the preseason will have any negative impact upon his readiness.
“I’m just excited to be back playing football, and start being a New York Giant again,” Barkley said, via the New York Post.
Barkley suffered a hamstring injury during a preseason game on Aug. 13 and only returned to practice on Aug. 22. Barkley only saw six snaps in the preseason and was held out of the Giants’ last three exhibition games.
That said, Barkley has no worries about having to knock of any rust during the season opener. In other words, there’s no need for the Giants to break him in by limiting his touches or snaps.
“I definitely think I’m ready for a full load,” Barkley said. “The way I’ve been preparing, the way I’ve been practicing. We got a whole bunch of great backs in our room. That’s going to help us in that area, too. I’m just excited for the game, excited to get the season started.”
Most of all, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft is eager to put on a show in Week 1.
“I’m excited to show the team because, obviously, I only got a little bit of playing time there,” Barkley said. “I was able to make some plays happen in practice. I got to still be aware that it’s a long season and you have to take it game by game, and day by day. I’m just trying to get as ready as I can for this game — mentally and physically — and try the best that I can do, and try to do whatever I can do for my team to help them come out with a win.”