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Saquon Barkley still working to ‘belief’ the knee

Saquon Barkley busted a run into and past the secondary Thursday night time, a welcomed early sight in an in any other case quiet night time for the Giants’ rehabbed star operating again.

Four days after a lackluster preliminary return from 2020 ACL surgical procedure in the Giants’ season-opening loss to the Broncos, Barkley broke a 41-yard run down the proper sideline in the first quarter of a 30-29 last-second street loss in Washington.

The No. 2 general decide in 2018 in any other case didn’t tremendously affect the Giants’ second straight defeat, ending with 69 yards from scrimmage, together with simply 16 on a dozen carries except for his breakout scamper.

“I was able to go out there and play a full game. My body and my knee responded well. Kind of knocked that rust off and was able to find one type of run to get open a little bit,” Barkley mentioned. “It was an explosive run, I guess. But got to continue to trust it, trust the knee, trust the system. Hopefully, I’m going to continue to get better.”

Saquon Barkley had a season-long 41-yard run however the different seven of his first eight carries netted zero yards.

Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett conservatively known as for Barkley to run the ball twice forward of the Giants’ go-ahead area objective with 2:00 remaining, however he gained solely 3 yards.

“I personally take that one on my shoulders right there,” Barkley mentioned. “I know what type of player I am, and two runs to only get [3] yards. Got to find a way to get in the end zone there. … It’s important to get the running game going. As the leader and the running back, that’s on me. I’m gonna take that one, right there.”

Barkley had acknowledged this week that enjoying two video games in a span of 5 days wasn’t an “ideal” state of affairs after he’d missed 11 months following knee surgical procedure final September.

The former Penn State star totaled simply 28 mixed yards, together with 27 on 10 makes an attempt in Week 1, his first recreation motion since struggling the right-knee harm in Chicago final September.

WR C.J. Board and TE Chris Myarick have been promoted from the observe squad.

It was Board’s second of the three permitted game-day elevations, after he served as the kick returner and made a 6-yard catch in the opener.

The Giants went with solely two wholesome tight ends — Kyle Rudolph and Kaden Smith — in Week 1. After seeing Rudolph’s limitations as he recovers from foot surgical procedure, the Giants known as in reinforcements.

TE Evan Engram (calf) was the first participant on the area Thursday — three hours earlier than kickoff — making an attempt to get again for Week 3 to repair the scarcity.

Landon Collins, the former Giants captain, didn’t converse to the media throughout the shortened week.

Collins has not been shy about taking pictures at the Giants throughout the two years since signing an $84 million contract with Washington, however he’s 0-3 in these video games and getting back from a season-ending torn Achilles.

— further reporting by Ryan Dunleavy