Giants' Saquon Barkley 'safely' takes hits, but remains mute on Week 1 status

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Saquon Barkley does pregame work before Giants-Patriots in sideways hat
Saquon Barkley does pregame work before Giants-Patriots in sideways hat

There are 10 days left until the Giants kick off their regular season schedule against the Denver Broncos. Whether or not that will be with Saquon Barkley is still an unanswered question.

But there was another slight step toward that happening on Thursday. After practice, the star running back told reporters that he “safely” took some hits during padded practice. To what extent and force those hits were is unknown, but head coach Joe Judge has said that he can’t determine if Barkley is good enough to go until he rubs his pads with teammates, so that’s a development.

Still, mum remains the word from Barkley on his status.

“I feel good. Taking it one day at a time,” Barkley told reporters.

That’s been the generic answer for the star running back, and he won’t budge on it.

But from the eye test, Barkley looks great right now. While he’s not running at full speed, his cuts have been with confidence during pass catching drills. He looks strong, agile, and like his old self. Again, this is without running with an o-line in front of him and defenders trying to tackle him.

Nonetheless, he appears ready to go.

Come Week 1, could it be on a pitch count of snaps? Will he be good for a large workload? Who knows at this point. Barkley does know, though, that when he touches the field, all his special abilities will be at his disposal.

“Maybe it might be one quarter, maybe it might be one play,” he said. “Whatever the opportunity it is when I’m back there, I know I’m going to be able to go out there and be who I am and play how I am. Right now, I’m not focusing on if I’m making cuts, saying ‘Oh, is that how it was before?’ I’m focusing on getting in football shape and just living in the moment, enjoying the moment and playing football again.”

Until then, Barkley will continue rehabbing his body and taking it a day at a time – just like he has been.