The NY Giants are in a bit of a tricky situation leading up to Week 4. With games against Miami and Buffalo around the corner, Monday night against Seattle really feels like a contest that the Giants can't afford to lose. Improving to 2-2 simply has to happen.
However, things are going to be made quite difficult for this team if Pro Bowl running back Saquon Barkley isn't ready to suit up. Barkley suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Cardinals, which forced him to miss the 30-12 loss to the 49ers.
In some good news, though, Brian Daboll has listed Barkley as 'day to day' with his ankle injury, adding that Barkley continues to feel much better. Does this mean Saquon is trending in the right direction to play in the primetime tilt?
Saquon Barkley returning for the Seahawks game would be huge for the Giants
As soon as it was announced that Barkley was dealing with a high-ankle sprain instead of an 'ordinary' one as first reported by Adam Schefter, fans were worried Barkley could be out 4-6 weeks. However, it looks like we could be seeing the standout back in action much sooner than expected.
We've all seen how stagnant the Giants offense can be without Barkley on the field. In the loss to the 49ers, Barkley was missed, as Daniel Jones looked off his game. No disrespect to Matt Breida, but his play isn't even close to what Barkley provides for Mike Kafka.
Seattle has a tough defense and life won't be easy for the NY offense come Monday night. However, Coach Dabes said that both Andrew Thomas and Ben Bredeson should return to play vs. the NFC West side, which will be massive for the offensive line. This was also be outstanding for Jones and Barkley, if the RB can play.
There's concern that the Giants might risk making Barkley's ankle worse if they rush him back too soon, which has haunted this team in the past. With that said, NY needs to post a victory vs. Seattle - they just have to. Having Barkley in action will only help them get that job done. We may not find out until Monday evening if Barkley will test his ankle, but it sure seems like he has a fantastic chance to be ready.