Why Saquon Barkley thinks the Giants will turn it around in 2022

Saquon Barkley is confident that both he and the team will be better next season and he has a message for those who do not share his optimism.

“For everyone outside of the world who were fans, but may not be fans right now, for you guys [in the media] who has to write something positive or mostly something negative about me, so just make sure you stay on that side of the table when things turn around, “the running back said on Monday.

Barkley’s four frustrating seasons with the Giants have seen him go from an adored savior of the franchise to the personification of retired GM Dave Gettleman’s failed tenure, from a dazzling and record-breaking offensive rookie of the year to an often injured player with less than mediocre. statistics.

He said he is aware of the shift in how he is perceived.

“My mom has always told me since I was a kid that whether you do it well or you do it badly, people want something positive or negative to say,” Barkley said. “I’m just going to have to block it. It’s a little hard to do in the Big Apple, especially in the day we live in. I’m active on social media so you can go on your phone at night to look for something. But I had this conversation yesterday with my family, and my mindset is that I will not allow people who have no influence on the success I have or have no influence on my life, to dictate my feelings. of the day I am very blessed. I practice the sport I love at the highest level. There are many people who would kill to be in my position so I will take advantage of the chance God has blessed me with. “

Barkley said he is looking forward to this offseason, his first since spending last year retraining a torn ACL so he can return to his strength and speed instead of recovering from an injury.

Asked how confident he is that he will get better in 2022, he said:

“I’m almost 100 percent sure, to be completely honest, because the only thing I can focus on are the things I can control. I can control my work ethic. I can control my efforts and my attitude in the offseason. This offseason “It’s going to be about getting myself in tip-top shape and getting my body back to the shape I need it to be so I can be the player I know I am.”

He was also asked if, after four seasons in which the Giants have never won more than six games, he has confidence that the team can improve.

“I believe it can be done,” he said. “I think you see it every year throughout the National Football League, a team that did not do so well the year before and next year they are in the playoffs. It is offseason. In the offseason as players we have to come in, we need work and ownership and coaches, they will do the right thing to add important extra pieces that we need to our team.We will be healthier with guys like (linebacker) Blake (Martinez) coming back and just wanting to keep working and do what’s necessary to get us to turn it around. “

Of course, none of this is guaranteed. And there are plenty of reasons to believe that will not happen. Not for the Giants and not for Barkley.

It all depends on which side of the table you are on.

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