A second and ten dive play had the Giants superstar runningback Saquon Barkley shaking Bears defenders left and right. He was brought down after an ample gain, but his fist pounding the turf told fans all they needed to know. New York’s superstar was hurt, and it didn’t look good. Following a torn ACL diagnosis and an IR placement, the Giants were in the market for a running back.
The New York Giants signed free agent running back Devonta Freeman, pending COVID-19 testing, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. The former Atlanta Falcon has some big shoes to fill in New York, and Giants fans should hope he can return to his 2016 form. 1,079 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns along with 462 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns helped a hot Falcons offense coast to Super Bowl LI. His role in Atlanta’s offense decreased since 2016, as did his production, and the team released him on March 16th. After reportedly declining a one year deal from the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason, and following a meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles, Freeman has landed in the Meadowlands.
In the two games so far this season, Saquon Barkley struggled behind a poor Giants offensive line, so it’s no stretch to assume Freeman will be the same. However, he averages a robust 7.8 yards per catch on his career, likely giving quarterback Daniel Jones a reliable check-down. Freeman can be a strong three-down back for the Giants and a dependable receiver they need him to be.
Devonta Freeman will look to get his first taste of action this season against a battered San Fransisco 49ers defense this Sunday. Many critical defensive injuries for the 49ers could contribute to an impressive debut for the new Giants running back. This has been John Sibilia debuting on FiveBoroughDispatch! Have a great day, everyone!