Saquon Barkley Is Entering Overrated Bust Territory

Saquon Barkley
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We can’t take away how dominant Saquon Barkley was at Penn State and his rookie year. However, it has been a downward spiral since then. He suffered a long term injury in 2019 and 2020 which makes the 2021 season a make or break year for him. It was reported that the Ravens were very interested in trading for him with the current back shortage they have. The Giants really like Barkley and will only consider giving him up for three first round picks. Let’s be honest here folks, that is way too much. It doesn’t even cost that much in Madden. Tried it once in Madden 19 as the Ravens. Got a go deal for him but the game was terrible. Anyway, let’s move on.

Made Of Glass?

The season only just started but it seems like Barkley already isn’t operating at 100%. His numbers in the first game against the Broncos were completely underwhelming. To be fair, the Giants didn’t perform well in that game as a whole. But, it wasn’t very encouraging to see Barkley have little to no burst in his step. Fantasy owners may want to trade him while they can even if the value isn’t very good. If the Giants believe in him and know he is fully healthy, why not just turn him loose already? This is just showing and telling everybody that something is still not right with the former second overall pick.

No Saquon Means Trouble

The rest of the depth chart at running back doesn’t inspire much confidence. Devontae Booker can’t be the guy. Gary Brightwell is a rookie and probably isn’t even close to ready. The only other backs left are fullbacks – Elijhaa Penny and Cullen Gillaspia. At this point, it may be time to figure out a trade. Who could they pursue? Here are a few ideas:

AJ Dillon, Green Bay

David Johnson, Houston

Tarik Cohen (when healthy), Chicago

Marlon Mack, Indianapolis

Alexander Mattison, Minnesota

D’Ernest Johnson, Cleveland

Joshua Kelley, LA Chargers

Boston Scott, Philadelphia

Benny Snell, Pittsburgh

Chuba Hubbard, (rookie) Carolina

Samaje Perine, Cincinnati

DeeJay Dallas, Seattle

JaMycal Hasty, San Francisco

None of these guys are game breakers, but they are better than anybody on the current roster right now besides Barkley. Dillon is the best of he bunch because of all of the power he has. It would be a tough sell to get Green Bay to part with him. The one thing all of these backs have in common is that they are not getting a full workload where they are right now. Another is that all of them have shown flashes of potential if given more time on the field. Trading for at least two of these backs would add at least some stability. It’s at least worth some consideration especially since Daniel Jones has yet to prove he can take over a game and the offense.

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