NY Giants, Saquon Barkley. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
It goes without saying, but the NY Giants and running back Saquon Barkley have high expectations heading into the new season.Barkley, who is now nearly two years removed from his torn ACL, will be 100 percent entering the campaign. This is arguably the healthiest that he has been since his rookie year in 2018.
When the Giants added Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, they thought they were adding a generational talent. During his rookie season, it seemed apparent that he was headed down that path. He recorded 2,028 yards from scrimmage and 15 touchdowns on 352 touches.
Barkley’s rookie season was the only year that he was able to suit up for a full season. Since then, he has struggled to stay healthy. But, when he can run, he is still among the best in the league.
This upcoming season, Barkley could prove to be the MVP of this Giants team. Even with players such as Kadarius Toney, Wan’Dale Robinson and Daniel Jones taking the field, Barkley is still arguably the most important player within this group. And he could be set for a true bounce-back year. Here are four reasons why Barkley will be the Giants MVP in 2022:
4. A new offensive line
The Giants have finally supplied Barkley with something that he has never had before in his career. An offensive line that should be able to make his job a little easier. Much of the success that Barkley has had throughout his career has been dependent on what he can do. Blocking has been inconsistent and often non-existent, but he has still managed to make the big play.
The Giants have now addressed the offensive line in a big way during the offseason. Only two starters from last year’s group remain, left tackle Andrew Thomas and left guard Shane Lemieux Outside of Thomas and Lemieux, the Giants will have three new starters in this group. Center Jon Feliciano will be entering his eighth season in the NFL. While he has primarily played guard throughout his career, he seems to be locked in as this team’s center.
Right guard Mark Glowinski could prove to be the best player on this offensive line in 2022. Glowinski has started 74 games throughout his career. He has proven to be a reliable blocker in the run game. The addition of Alabama tackle Evan Neal not only helps solidify this unit for the season, but also for the foreseeable future. Having Neal and Thomas holding man the outside of this line could make this an above-average unit.
Barkley getting the opportunity to run behind this line could help him reach a level that he hasn’t played at since his rookie season.
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