NY Giants desperately need these injury prone players to stay healthy

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Several key players have lengthy injury histories, that the NY Giants will need to stay on the field if New York is going to break a four-season NFL postseason drought 

The NY Giants have elevated expectations for the first time in recent memory following an offseason spending spree, but just as they did early last season, injuries could easily wreak havoc.

Several of the NY Giants’ key players, especially on offense, have a history of injuries and must prove the ability to stay healthy, if New York is going to make a legitimate run at the NFL Playoffs in 2021.

From Sterling Shepard to Saquon Barkley, the Giants have been forced to play key games in recent years without key contributors. That can’t happen if this season is going to end much differently than the previous four.

Here’s a look at five players the NY Giants need to see finish the 2021 season injury free

RB – Saquon Barkley

This is a pivotal season for both Barkley and the NY Giants, as the organization must decide just how committed it is to the former No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, with the biggest question mark being Barkley’s recent questionable durability.

Barkley, of course, aims to return for the start of this season from a torn ACL suffered in Week 2 of the 2020 campaign against the Chicago Bears, despite not committing to a firm timetable to get back on the field.

However, the serious knee injury isn’t the only ailment Barkley has suffered through the first three seasons of his NFL career.

Barkley was limited by a high ankle sprain for much of the 2019 season, even though the injury only kept him out of three games.

If Barkley can stay healthy and on the field, not only will he be a focal point of what figures to be a run-first offense with plenty of firepower around him, but it would likely put the NY Giants in a position to make him one of the highest-paid players at his position in the league.

But, if Barkley suffers another injury, the future could be clouded for the star back.