Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
New York Giants
IR
Injury Knee - ACL + MCL
2020 Fantasy Outlook
A September ankle injury cost Barkley any chance of repeating his phenomenal rookie numbers, but when he was fully healthy he proved that his 2018 production was no fluke. Arguably the greatest big-play threat in the league, Barkley averaged 5.2 yards a carry in the six games following the Giants' bye to close out the season, and despite only being in top shape for about half the year he still recorded five gains of at least 40 yards while finishing eighth in rushing yards after contact (605). At 5-11, 233, Barkley's unreal blend of power, speed, elusiveness and receiving skill is basically unparalleled, but he's needed every ounce of that talent working behind an offensive line that was awful in 2018, and merely below average last season. With No. 4 overall pick Andrew Thomas boosting the O-line and QB Daniel Jones potentially improving, Barkley might finally have a supporting cast worthy of his talent. New OC Jason Garrett knows how to feed a bell cow from his days in Dallas - Ezekiel Elliott has averaged nearly three more touches per game than Barkley in their respective careers - so volume should not be an issue. Don't be surprised if Saquon's rookie production ends up being his baseline rather than his ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a four-year, $31.19 million contract with the Giants in July of 2018.
Planning rehab with OBJ
RBNew York Giants
Knee - ACL
January 20, 2021
Barkley (knee) plans to perform his rehab work with Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham this offseason, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The former teammates both suffered ACL tears this past fall, with Barkley having surgery Oct. 30 and Beckham getting his Nov. 10. MCL damage forced Barkley to wait more than a month after the initial injury to have surgery, with doctors then repairing his torn ACL and meniscus. The running back already acknowledged that the meniscus repair could delay the weight-bearing portion of his rehab, making his progress one to monitor throughout spring and summer. Barkley is entering the fourth and final season of his rookie contract, though the Giants can lock him in through 2022 with a fifth-year option, a decision they'll need to make this spring.
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How do Saquon Barkley's 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
10.5%
 
Positive Run %
52.6%
 
% Yds After Contact
85.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.5
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
12.5
 
% Snaps w/Touch
37.3%
 
Air Yards Per Game
15.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.45
 
% Team Air Yards
0.8%
 
% Team Targets
1.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
3.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.7%
 
Drop Rate
11.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.2
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Saquon Barkley's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
233 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.41 sec
 
Vertical Jump
41.0 in
 
Bench Press
29 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
31.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
While the debate still rages over whether it's ever worth taking a running back with a top-5 draft pick in the modern NFL, Barkley could hardly have done more to make the case for his position. The second overall pick in 2018 became just the third rookie to eclipse 2,000 scrimmage yards (joining Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James) while breaking Reggie Bush's rookie record for catches by a running back. In fact, Barkley's 91 catches tied Odell Beckham Jr.'s franchise record by a rookie, to say nothing of all the other Giants records he set. His unreal blend of power, elusiveness and wheels (at 21.91 mph Barkley recorded the third-fastest speed of any 2018 rushing TD) makes him the top big-play threat in the league. His seven runs of 40-plus yards were the most since Adrian Peterson had eight in 2012, and Barkley and Randy Moss are the only players in NFL history to score five TDs of 50-plus yards in their debut campaigns. Barkley could see more stacked fronts this season with the team's quarterback play potentially hitting rock bottom (he faced eight-man fronts on just 23 percent of his carries last season), but an improved offensive line will help mitigate the impact, and the Giants still have a decent receiving corps even without Beckham. The bottom line is simple: in terms of his production floor and ceiling, Barkley can't be touched.
The second overall pick in the 2018 draft, Barkley follows in the footsteps of Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette as running backs deemed worthy of top-five selections in recent years. Barkley has the skills to live up to that billing, as his standout career at Penn State was punctuated by frequent highlight-reel performances. Barkley's speed - a 4.4 40 at the combine - and top-shelf elusiveness and agility make it extremely difficult for defenders once he finds open real estate. At 6-0, 233, Barkley is a load to bring down, and his strong lower body allows him to pick up plenty of yards after contact, though he struggled at times running between the tackles. He also worked hard to turn himself into a three-down back who can help as a receiver and a pass protector, something the Giants needed to prioritize given their aging quarterback and shaky offensive line. The team did remake its line in the offseason, signing Nate Solder and Patrick Omameh as free agents and using a second-round pick on guard Will Hernandez, so Barkley should be able to use his moves to avoid hits two yards past the line of scrimmage instead of two yards behind it. Expect him to see a big workload as the new centerpiece of the Giants offense.
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Details ACL recovery
RBNew York Giants
Knee - ACL
December 3, 2020
Barkley remains without a target return date from his October surgery to repair a torn ACL, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.
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Undergoes surgery
RBNew York Giants
Knee - ACL
October 31, 2020
Barkley underwent surgery Saturday to repair the torn ACL in his right knee, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
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Bound for surgery next week
RBNew York Giants
Knee - ACL
October 23, 2020
Barkley is scheduled to undergo surgery next Thursday to repair the torn ACL in his right knee, Andrea Kremer of NFL Network reports.
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IR move official
RBNew York Giants
Knee - ACL
September 22, 2020
The Giants placed Barkley (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.
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Season-ending injury confirmed
RBNew York Giants
Knee - ACL
September 21, 2020
Barkley suffered a torn right ACL during Sunday's 17-13 loss to the Bears, the severity of which has been confirmed by an MRI.
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