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Barkley usage numbers for Week 1

Ten Ton Hammer : 9/10/2019 7:34 pm
Courtesy of Pat Traina ( https://mavensports.io/nygiants/news/film-stat-review-a-closer-look-at-saquon-barkley-s-usage-and-why-eli-manning-didn-t-try-to-throw-the-ball-on-3rd-and-1-q1GQFbnof0mte7fENvps0A/)



Barkley played in 54 snaps in Sundays Week 1 loss to the Cowboys, but only had a chance at touching the ball 17 times or 31.4% of the snaps for which he was on the field, including 11 rushes and six pass targets, of which he caught four.The breakdown by down was as follows:

first down: 6 rushes, 3 pass targets;
second down 4 rushes, 2 pass targets;
third down: 1 rush, 1 pass target,
fourth down: no rushes or pass targets

Barkley was used in some capacity (run or pass) seven times up until 9:45 in the second quarter with the score 14-7 Dallas.

In the second half, the score now 21-7, he was used 10 times, starting with an 11-yard run starting at 12:19 in the third quarter.



This is obviously a one-game sample, so let's go back to Barkley's rookie season to get a better idea of his usage on downs.

In 844 snaps, Barkley had 261 rushing attempts and 121 pass targets of which he caught 91óthatís 45.2% of the snaps in which he played to get his hands on the ball.

Breaking that down by down distribution, we have the following:

first down: 157 rushes, 43 pass targets
second down: 86 rushes, 46 pass targets
third down: 17 rushes 32 pass targets,
fourth down: 1 rushing attempt, no pass targets
What I hated  
Fred in Atlanta : 9/10/2019 7:58 pm : link
is that they had 3rd or 4th and short and did not use Barkley, but use Penny? or rolled out Eli?
Agree Fred  
RobCrossRiver56 : 9/10/2019 8:06 pm : link
Whoever called those plays deserves a smack to the head
Somewhat misleading is that there were some plays  
BSIMatt : 9/10/2019 10:30 pm : link
That looked like they were designed to get the ball to Barkley through the air, but Dallas was all over it. Heís going to draw a tremendous amount of attention so I understand Giants wanting to try to take advantage of teams cheating/overplaying him but they need to still find ways to get him the ball even if itís just the old fashioned way.
Criminal playcalling  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 9/11/2019 11:58 am : link
When you have Solder, Hernandez, Pio, Zeitler, SS, and Latimer forklifting defenders like SS springing SB for 60 yard runs.
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