NY Giants Saquon Barkley to make his debut NFL Week 1 vs. Broncos
NY Giants running back Saquon Barkley was cleared to return, and will suit up Sunday afternoon in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos
NY Giants running back Saquon Barkley has been medically cleared to return, following nearly a year-long rehab from a torn ACL, and will make his 2021 debut in the season-opener Sunday afternoon against the Denver Broncos.
ESPN’s Jordan Raanan was first to report that Barkley cleared his final hurdle to being activated.
There’s no telling what kind of workload Barkley will see against the Broncos, but the star running back could have an opportunity to have a big game, against a Denver rushing defense that allowed an average of 130 rushing yards per game in 2020.
Sunday will mark Barkley’s first game action of any kind, after being held out of the Giants’ three exhibition games this summer, since tearing his ACL Week 2 of last season in Chicago against the Bears.
Barkley’s effectiveness could be determined by how effective the NY Giants’ offensive line is up front, especially against a ferocious Broncos front-seven that includes top edge rushers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb.
Through the first 31 games of his career, Barkley is averaging 75.6 rushing yards per game, but looks to remind the rest of the league that when healthy, he can be one of the premier players at the position.
The NY Giants and Broncos kickoff at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.
Matt Lombardo is FanSided’s National NFL Insider and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday. Email Matt: Matt.Lombardo@FanSided.com.