Giants’ Saquon Barkley named NFC Offensive Player of the Week

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Saquon Barkley has had a strong start to the 2022 season – in more ways than one.

Sure, he rushed for 164 yards to propel the Giants to an upset 21-20 win over the Titans last Sunday in Nashville. Barkley, who snatched carries for 68 and 33 yards, was clocked at 21.1 miles per hour by NextGen Stats, the fourth fastest he’s ever rushed in his time with the Giants.

“I mean, the Giants clocked me at 20.9,” Barkley said. “They short-circuited me a bit.”

The display was significant for Barkley in that it showed he had fully regained his speed after surgery to repair a torn ACL at the start of the 2020 season.

“It was good,” Barkley said, referring to his 68-yard run. “I had an opportunity, the O line blocked it well, gave me a one-on-one, managed to get the guy to miss and get on the sideline. The only thing I can think of in this game is finding a way to score.

Barkley’s big game was noticed around the league and he was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Saquon Barkley celebrates after scoring on a 68-yard touchdown run in the second half of the Giants’ 21-20 win over the Titans in Week 1.
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Along with his 164 rushing yards and a touchdown, Barkley caught a team-high six passes for 30 yards. Barkley’s 194 yards from scrimmage was the most for any player in Week 1. He also converted the game-winning two-point conversion.

It is Barkley’s third Player of the Week award, and his first since December 2019, when he amassed 279 scrimmage yards in a win at Washington.


OLB rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) was listed as restricted to practice on Wednesday. He was on the side with trainers during individual exercises, but he was able to run on the side. The other starting rusher, Azeez Ojulari (calf) looks further behind Thibodeaux.


Rookie WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) was in a right leg brace and did not practice.

Head coach Brian Daboll said Robinson has made “pretty significant” progress since his knee injury in Game 1. The receiver seems to be running out of time.


Safety Dane Belton was a full participant in the practice. He missed the first game after breaking his collarbone in training camp.


It looks like the left guard rotation will continue. Starter Ben Bredeson (32 snaps) and rookie Josh Ezeudu (28 snaps) split the role in Game 1. Daboll said both players had earned the right to play based on their work this summer.

“We think they both give us a chance to win,” Daboll said. “We think that was the best thing for this game. Now, does that change in week 2 or week 3 or week 4? It’s definitely possible.”

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