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As the Giants kick off their mandatory minicamp this week, Saquon Barkley is present at the facility in East Rutherford but won't be participating with the rest of his teammates as he continues his rehab back from his knee injuries last season.
Head coach Joe Judge said Barkley "really attacks every day" he walks in the building, but of course, he wants to be back on the field working with the rest of the team. However, the smartest play for New York is going day by day to make sure Barkley is absolutely 100 percent heading into training camp.
“We’re going to make sure we take Saquon’s rehab at the correct rate for his individual body and his injury," Judge told reporters via Zoom on Tuesday. "It’s not any mirror of anybody else’s injury out there. We got to make sure we let him get at his pace when we put him on the field, that he can play 100 percent aggressive and confident that he can go out there and he’s going to play safe and play effective.”
Judge added that Barkley's rehab is always in the morning before the rest of the team practices, so he's already off the field by that time.
Barkley's Week 2 injury last season hurt the Giants' offense tremendously, as one could imagine. Having him return to the backfield, to go along with the other upgrades on offense, should be a huge boost to a unit that needs to turn things around in 2021.
And Barkley is working hard to make sure he's available every day to do so.
“He comes in every day, he really attacks every day from a rehab standpoint. He’s had a phenomenal attitude and great motivation this entire way through. He’s been tremendously positive," Judge said.
“I know he’s chomping at the bit to get back on the field, but we’re going to take it day by day. He’s been getting better every day at work.”