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Saquon Barkley shows off his receiver skills as Giants Open Training Camp [WATCH]

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If first practice at training camp in 2022 was any indication of what’s to come, the New York Giants have serious plans to use running back Saquon Barkley a lot more as a receiver this season.

This is a loose development we’ve been following since early off-season training sessions, but videos and reports from training camp have now confirmed Barkley is being used heavily as a pass catcher.

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The first highlight of the day was Barkley’s one-handed catch in the back of the end zone.

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The goal is to get Barkley the ball into space where his athleticism will take over and he can make more stunning plays like this one. While that catch was on air (no defense), Barkley later in practice caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones during an 11-on-11 session.

Here’s a video of that touchdown, via Newsday’s Tom Rock:

If this was a full-contact live practice, rookie outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux probably would have fired Jones. Still, it’s interesting to see Barkley move out of the backfield and then run a perfect route for a touchdown. Head coach Brian Daboll and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka show some early creativity when it comes to Barkley’s use as a receiver.

If you need a refresher on how Barkley looks in game action as a receiver, here are the two touchdowns he scored last season.

Barkley only had four total touchdowns last season, and half of those came in receptions. He finished the 2021 season with 41 catches for 263 yards.

Those numbers are a far cry from Barkley’s rookie year, when he caught a paltry 91 passes for 721 yards and four touchdowns. He ranked 13th overall in receptions this season (second among running backs), and that’s a big reason why he led the entire NFL in 2018 with over 2,000 yards from scrimmage.

With Barkley struggling between tackles and pass protection lately, it’s a smart move by Daboll and Kafka to switch up the game plan and build more on the things their star running back does well.

After practice at the training camp on Wednesday, Barkley stayed to sign autographs and take photos with fans.

Here’s a video clip, about SNY Giants on Twitter:

This shows why the Giants are working so hard to unleash Barkley this season. A former No. 2 draft pick and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, he’s still the face of the franchise. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract, Barkley is running out of time to cement his legacy in New York.

The good news is that Daboll has a history of reviving running back careers, having helped Reggie Bush start his NFL journey with the Miami Dolphins in 2011. The Giants hope Daboll will have a similar impact on Barkley’s career in 2022.

The good news is that Daboll has a history of reviving running back careers, having helped Reggie Bush start his NFL journey with the Miami Dolphins in 2011. The Giants hope Daboll will have a similar impact on Barkley’s career in 2022.



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