New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) walks onto the field in the second half. The Giants lose to Washington, 22-7, at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.

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New Giants GM would entertain trade calls for Saquon Barkley

Joe Schoen, the new general manager of the New York Giants, said he’s willing to listen to trade offers that could help him improve the team’s roster and salary cap situation — including offers for running back Saquon Barkley.

At the scouting combine in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Schoen was asked about Barkley in particular and whether he’d pick up the phone for a potential trade.

“We’re still working through that, but I’m open to anything. Like whether it’s trading player for player. I’ll listen to anybody,” Schoen told reporters. “I’m not going to say we’re open for business on our entire roster. But if anybody is going to call and they’re interested in any of our players, I’ll certainly listen.

“I’m not going to say yes to every deal,” he added, “but I’m definitely going to listen and be open to situations that are best for the New York Giants.”

Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, had a terrific debut season that earned him Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. But he has struggled to stay healthy in the years since. He’s started 44 games in four NFL seasons, including just two in 2020 before an ACL tear ended his season.

In 2021, Barkley ran for just 593 yards (3.7 per carry) and two touchdowns across 13 games. He also caught 41 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns.

The Giants need to drop roughly $12 million in salary to get under the cap for the new league year. Barkley will make a guaranteed $7.2 million on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract in 2022.

Schoen also trotted out a well-worn caveat when asked about his starting quarterback situation, saying, “Daniel Jones is our starting quarterback right now.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) looks on before the game against New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Saquon Barkley, Rob Gronkowski expected to play on ‘MNF’

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants are expected to have two key pieces back for Monday night’s game, ESPN reported.

Running back Saquon Barkley is expected to return for the Giants (3-6) after missing the past four games. And on the home sideline, tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to be active for the Bucs (6-3).

Both players are officially listed as questionable, and both are dependent on not having any pregame setbacks, per the report.

Gronkowski, 32, has essentially missed the past six games with a back injury. He played just six snaps in Tampa’s Week 8 loss at New Orleans before exiting. He has 16 catches for 184 yards with four touchdowns in four games.

Barkley, 24, injured his ankle against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5 after stepping on another player’s foot. He played just six snaps. He has 195 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Barkley missed most of the 2020 season with a torn ACL.

Also for the Bucs, WR Antonio Brown has been ruled out, nose tackle Vita Vea is doubtful, and cornerback Dee Delaney (ankle, concussion) and defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches (ankle) are questionable.

For the Giants, Lorenzo Carter, Nate Ebner, Logan Ryan and Sterling Shepard are all out. Running back Devontae Booker (hip), fullback Cullen Gillaspia (calf) and TE Kaden Smith (knee) are all questionable.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) looks on before the game against New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Giants RB Saquon Barkley questionable vs. Bucs

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is listed as questionable for Monday night’s road game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Barkley put in three limited practices this week as he works his way back from an ankle injury. He lasted played in New York’s 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 10. He also dealt with a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Barkley, 24, has 54 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season.

Fellow running back Devontae Booker (hip), fullback Cullen Gillaspia (calf) and tight end Kaden Smith (knee) were also listed as questionable for Monday’s game.

The Giants (3-6) ruled out wide receiver Sterling Shepard (quad), linebacker Lorenzo Carter (illness/ankle) and defensive backs Nate Ebner (knee) and Logan Ryan (COVID-19).

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) looks on before the game against New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Saquon Barkley, Xavier McKinney return to Giants’ facility

Star running back Saquon Barkley and second-year safety Xavier McKinney returned to the New York Giants’ team facility on Friday morning after further testing revealed false positive tests had landed them on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

The Giants later announced Barkley and McKinney were removed from the list. The team initially placed the pair on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday amid fears of an outbreak.

Running backs coach Burton Burns was one of 13 members of the organization to test positive Tuesday, and upon a retest, all but Burns came back negative. Running back Gary Brightwell remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Barkley, 24, has missed the past three games with a sprained ankle. He has 54 carries for 195 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season.

McKinney, 22, has recorded 39 tackles and two interceptions in eight games (seven starts) this season.

The Giants (2-6) are scheduled to host the Las Vegas Raiders (5-2) on Sunday, before having a bye week.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) carries the ball in the first quarter as Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (30) defends at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Giants’ Saquon Barkley carted off, ruled out with ankle injury

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley left in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the host Dallas Cowboys with a left ankle injury.

Barkley rolled his ankle on a Cowboys defender’s foot and went down. Trainers looked at his injury on the Giants’ bench before he was carted to the locker room.

The fourth-year pro took two carries for 9 yards before exiting.

Barkley, 24, had returned to full form after missing most of 2020 with a torn ACL he suffered in Week 2. In the first four games of 2021, he had 186 rushing yards on 52 carries with two touchdowns.

–Field Level Media