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Would you play Saquon Barkley in the preseason?

Eric from BBI : Admin : 8/6/2019 12:50 pm
I don't think I would. Maybe a few snaps in the 3rd game.
I'd leave it up to him  
giants#1 : 8/6/2019 12:51 pm : link
If he feels he needs X snaps to get back up to game speed before Game 1, then he gets X snaps. If Barkley finds marginal benefit to it, then he sits.
maybe a couple series  
UConn4523 : 8/6/2019 12:52 pm : link
but otherwise i'd be fine letting him sit.
RobCarpenter : 8/6/2019 12:53 pm : link
I'd play him for two series a game and sit him for the last game.

He should see game action to be ready for the Cowboys.
No, I would not.  
barens : 8/6/2019 12:56 pm : link
He's practicing, working hard, but even if he wanted to, I'd sit with the exception of maybe the third game, and even then, just a couple of series.

Just not worth the risk, or wear and tear.
Absolutely not  
ryanmkeane : 8/6/2019 12:58 pm : link
bw in dc : 8/6/2019 12:59 pm : link
He needs to be fresh to be the bell cow of this offense.

And that, to me, is a ton of touches - 400+.
He didnt play last pre season  
cjac : 8/6/2019 1:03 pm : link
and he was fine

Maybe a series here and there, thats it
Danny Kanell : 8/6/2019 1:06 pm : link
I wouldnt  
Rudy5757 : 8/6/2019 1:14 pm : link
The less you put on his body the better. he played very little last year and really didnt need it. I would see what I have after him.
ZogZerg : 8/6/2019 1:15 pm : link
I think that would be idiotic.
Not against a Greg William's defense  
18E : 8/6/2019 1:22 pm : link
He's a dirty m'fer... Very worried about this game.
TC : 8/6/2019 1:24 pm : link
In addition to the obvious reasons for him not to play, there're good reasons to give the rest of the backs plenty of touches to help sort out who goes and stays, and if they stay, what their primary roles will be.

It's an interesting group. Does Perkins have a role to play here? What's Gallman's ceiling? Smith and Penny, or Smith OR Penny? Hilliman; practice squad or good bye?
Off to the Golden Throne stasis chamber  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 8/6/2019 1:24 pm : link
For The Hand of God.
shockeyisthebest8056 : 8/6/2019 1:25 pm : link
I didn't see this thread when I asked a question in the training camp thread.

I would have Barkley on the AP/Tomlinson "no carries in preseason" schedule. It's pointless to expose him to even one unnecessary play/chance for an injury.
he shouldn't play at all  
Andy in Boston : 8/6/2019 1:25 pm : link
not sure I would play Eli either.
Mr. Bungle : 8/6/2019 1:42 pm : link
I want to see a lot of Gallman and Perkins in August.

There is absolutely nothing to gain by seeing Barkley take hits in meaningless games.
RE: he shouldn't play at all  
Mr. Bungle : 8/6/2019 1:43 pm : link
In comment 14520318 Andy in Boston said:
not sure I would play Eli either.

I think Eli would need some live game reps with Tate, especially given Tate's 4-game absence to start the season.
One Or Two Series In The 2nd Game  
Trainmaster : 8/6/2019 1:47 pm : link
Give him 3 weeks to recover if he gets nicked up.
JohnG in Albany : 8/6/2019 1:48 pm : link
First 2 series each game.  
x meadowlander : 8/6/2019 2:15 pm : link
Needs time with the OL, plus this is entertainment. People have to PAY for those stupid preseason tickets. They deserve a taste.
I agree with what 18E said ...  
Spider56 : 8/6/2019 2:33 pm : link
I wouldn’t play any starters on offense this week against the JESTs and that POS defensive coordinator they have.

Let Eli etal including Barkley get a series or 2 against the Bears then sit them ... Eli plays a half in the 3rd game (no Barkley) then no starters again in game 4. At this level, guys only need 2 games max to be ready to go so let it be games 2 and 3. The other 2 games are for roster spots and owners greed.
Not. One. Snap.  
arniefez : 8/6/2019 2:35 pm : link
Not one.
RE: Yes  
Osi Osi Osi OyOyOy : 8/6/2019 2:37 pm : link
In comment 14520269 RobCarpenter said:
I'd play him for two series a game and sit him for the last game.

He should see game action to be ready for the Cowboys.

Probably what I'd do. I get the risk involved which is why it's not an easy decision.

I think he needs to see game-action more for the pass blocking than anything. Edge rushers and blitzers in a pre-season game are coming way harder and with more intent than in practice. He's not bad at it but he needs to improve as a pass blocker.
What Saquon sees: The Giants running back breaks down his role  
Steve in ATL : 8/6/2019 2:38 pm : link
What Saquon sees: The Giants running back breaks down his role in six key practice plays
Duggan on The Athletic - ( New Window )
a handful of snaps seems appropriate  
Greg from LI : 8/6/2019 2:45 pm : link
Hard to be truly prepared for the season when you haven't even played in an exhibition and you're only in your second year.
djm : 8/6/2019 2:48 pm : link
Maybe a few snaps but no touches.
RE: Not against a Greg William's defense  
regulator : 8/6/2019 2:50 pm : link
In comment 14520309 18E said:
He's a dirty m'fer... Very worried about this game.

After the preseason game in 2017 against Williams' CLE defense, and OBJ's ankle injury, I want Barkley nowhere near the field Thursday.
1-2 series in each game  
Platos : 8/6/2019 3:00 pm : link
thats it
Yes. 1st series of the first 3 games.  
90.Cal : 8/6/2019 3:01 pm : link
Sit him the 4th. Nothing more, nothing less.
I'd let him in on a couple of passing downs  
justafan : 8/6/2019 3:09 pm : link
to work on blitz pickup. Maybe a carry or two in game 3. But he should be sidelined most of the time. 10 snaps max for him in the preseason.
arcarsenal : 8/6/2019 3:10 pm : link
Only a very, very limited number of snaps in a couple of the games.

I don't think I'd play him in the first game or the last one. I'd just give him a series or two in the middle two games and that's a wrap.
Not much  
David B. : 8/6/2019 3:19 pm : link
a few snaps.

They know what he is. Get Gallman and especially Perkins some work.
If you're going to play Barkley  
81_Great_Dane : 8/6/2019 3:59 pm : link
you probably want him on the field with Jones, not Manning. I'm thinking:

1) Jones needs more help out there than Manning does, and

2) The competition for backup RB depends more on how Gallman, Smith and Perkins mesh with Manning.

So put the backup RBs out there with Eli, put Barkley out there with Jones for a few snaps, then get both Eli and Saquon off the field and take their helmets away.
Not in all of them  
Rong5611 : 8/6/2019 4:10 pm : link
I'd give him a few snaps in the 3rd game...maybe play the first quarter. That's it...
I would play him some in the 3rd game and that's it  
larryflower37 : 8/6/2019 4:11 pm : link
Probably 1 or 2 series
I'm with the 3rd game gang  
section125 : 8/6/2019 4:20 pm : link
so that he is against starters not looking to make the team with "spectacular" plays...less chance of getting hurt by fluke play(er)s
FStubbs : 8/6/2019 5:02 pm : link
A couple of carries in the first game and a couple of series in the third.
HomerJones45 : 8/6/2019 5:47 pm : link
He's practically the whole offense.
Barkley should get the ball at least 35+ times  
NephilimGiants : 8/8/2019 11:50 am : link
No, I would not.  
Mike in Long Beach : 8/8/2019 11:54 am : link
This is the first time since 2004 that losing Eli in the preseason isn't my #1 fear. And Barkley (obviously) plays a far more volatile position.

I would not play him. Like you said, Eric. Maybe a few series in game three. That's it.
A few snaps*  
Mike in Long Beach : 8/8/2019 11:54 am : link
Klaatu : 8/8/2019 11:56 am : link
Marty866b : 8/8/2019 12:58 pm : link
Barkley goes down and we are the Giants are most likely the worst team in the league.
Big Blue Blogger : 8/8/2019 2:00 pm : link
Remmers and Zeitler (and Halapio, maybe) need a few series with him at game speed. The running game has to carry the team in September, so it better be ready.
It's ok....SB's special delivery has just been made at the stadium  
rnargi : 8/8/2019 2:31 pm : link
Yes I would give him some snaps  
Jimmy Googs : 8/8/2019 2:35 pm : link
in 2 of the 4 games.

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