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Saquon Barkley continues to dominate Giants’ touches

The Giants are ready to give Devontae Booker a few shots of Saquon Barkley, but that’s where the timeshare ends.

The lion’s share of running and receiving will remain with Barkley, who has 30 carries for 120 yards (4 yards per) and 16 catches for 63 yards (3.9 yards per) in three games since returning from a sprained stroke. peg. In Barkley’s nearly five full-game absence, Booker averaged 3.7 yards per carry and 8.6 yards per catch.

“I don’t know if we’re looking at anything in terms of most of the touches,” said head coach Joe Judge. “There are a lot of staff groups that you see right now where we use two and three running backs at a time on the pitch, just strategically. We have packages where Saquon receives the transfer and Book blocks or manages a route. We have packages where Book gets it and Saquon blocks or manages a route. We will continue to grow in these packages.

The Giants have scored the fewest offensive touchdowns (18) in the NFL this season. It’s been five games since a running back or wide receiver scored a touchdown – a period that includes the entire month of November and has seen touchdowns by left tackle Andrew Thomas, safety Xavier McKinney and tight end of fourth chord Chris Myarick.

Saquon Barkley (left) will continue to receive the lion’s share of hits against Devontae Booker (right).
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Barkley played 84 percent or more of offensive snaps in three straight games before his injury. Since his comeback he has played 75%, mostly giving up third and long pass blocking opportunities to Booker.

“In terms of pecking order, at this point it’s not really the way we think,” Judge said. “We think more about what our players are doing well and how can we continue to build to give them opportunities to do it on the pitch? ”

The Giants have started a five-day stint at the University of Arizona, where they will train to stay in the warmer weather between trips to Miami and Los Angeles. Arizona isn’t limited to bowls, so the Giants have access to offices, meeting rooms, weight room, training room, training ground and more.

“They bent over backwards. They couldn’t be more hospitable, ”said Judge, who almost became a head coach at his alma mater, Mississippi, before the Giants hired him. “Thing about coming to a big university like this, these guys have pretty much anything you can imagine. Due to the simple functionality of using it and having a larger roster, but also the recruiting, arms warfare they need to have, every bell and whistle you can possibly present to a recruit should be visible. when she comes on an official visit. ”

Reserve goalie Wes Martin was one of at least 11 players in the league to test positive for COVID-19 on Monday. Martin isolates himself in his hotel room, according to the judge.

The Giants signed DB Natrell Jamerson, who was most recently on the Jets’ practice squad until November 25. The former fifth-round draft pick has six tackles in 21 regular-season games for three 2018-20 teams.

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