Giants news, 7/12: Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones, more

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Giants Rumors: Saquon Barkley ‘Eager’ to Return from Injury; NYG ‘Cautious About’ RB – Bleacher Report

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is reportedly “eager” to get back on the field after suffering a season-ending ACL tear in 2020.

Appearing Sunday on SportsCenter, ESPN NFL insider Jeremy Fowler said Barkley has “made a lot of progress” and is “moving very well” ahead of training camp.

Even so, he noted that the Giants are taking a cautious approach with Barkley so as not to risk him suffering further injury before the 2021 regular season commences.

Given how eager Barkley is, however, Fowler added that the talented running back could “eventually push coaches to make a decision on his availability.”

Ranking young NFL QBs by their chances of making a Josh Allen-type leap and breaking out in 2021 – CBS Sports

Daniel Jones comes in at No. 3 behind Kyler Murray and Joe Burrow.

This is the second straight year for Jones in the “not out of the question” category. The jump didn’t occur last season. On film, I thought he was better as an NFL sophomore than during his rookie season. The statistics were about the same.

But Giants GM Dave Gettleman was a man on a mission this offseason, a mission to prove to doubters Jones was indeed worthy of the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 draft. Kenny Golladay and Kyle Rudolph were signed. Explosive gadget weapon Kadarius Toney was grabbed in Round 1. The defense was bolstered via the draft and by way of Adoree’ Jackson being added to the secondary.

Jones dropped a dime on 51% of his throws made 20-plus yards down the field in 2020, nearly 10 percentage points higher than league average. And Golladay is one of the league’s premier contested-catch targets. Despite 4.50 speed, he begins his career with the Giants with a large 16.9 career yards-per-grab average.

Darius Slayton enters Year 3 having established a fine rapport with Jones, particularly down the field. Sterling Shepard is a reliable possession out of the slot. And Saquon Barkley is back.

From Dak Prescott to Chase Young, the NFC East in 2021 is up for grabs – ESPN

Three out of four NFC East beat writers named Kenny Golladay as the most important newcomer to the division.

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