After the firing of offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, interim Giants OC Freddie Kitchens wanted to make a point of emphasis going forward - get the ball to the best players on designed plays. "You need to get a sense, a feel for what they are comfortable with," Kitchens said. "Why would you call something -- and this is what our staff believes -- why would you call something if the player is not comfortable running it? It's your job to get them comfortable running it. ... If you can’t get them to that point, it's kind of diminishing returns."
"I think I realized it pretty early in the week as far as the game plan and what we were trying to do, getting the ball to certain guys, and plays were designed to get the ball to them," Daniel Jones said. "You're thinking about that throughout the game as plays are called and coming in. Obviously, there's a read and you've got to understand what the defense is doing. But I'd say I was pretty cognizant of what we were trying to do."
It sounds silly but saying that the best players need to get the ball can get lost on a coaching staff when an entire offense is struggling. Raanan's article listed Barkley, Golladay, Engram, Toney, and Shepard multiple times, a sign that the core is the focus going forward, especially when they are all healthy. The Giants offense is sketchy at best, but refocusing the offense with the entire coaching staff having input is a sign of life that needs to show on the field.
In other words, the Giants played with their star running back Monday night for the first time in five games, but Barkley didn’t perform in a 30-10 loss to the Buccaneers like he has at his best in the past — or even like he did right before he injured his ankle.
Barkley said it was good to be back but as the story said he didn't get enough touches, six rushes for 25 yards and six catches for 31 yards. Barkley added, "I’m going to do whatever it takes to get my brain and my feet and my legs caught up together." The good news for Barkley owners is Booker carried just three times and had only one catch on MNF. There was talk Barkley wouldn't ever get the type of workload he got in the past but in his first game back he certainly got a big majority of the RB touches at least.
Saquon Barkley might finally be past his latest injury. He's reportedly expected to suit up on Monday night though, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN, when the Giants visit Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to close out the Week 11 slate of games.
The 24-year-old suffered a severe ankle sprain in Week 5 after taking only two handoffs against the Dallas Cowboys, on a play that saw him roll his ankle on the leg of cornerback Jourdan Lewis. He was immediately helped off of the field before seeing his ankle balloon massively with swelling and being ruled out shortly thereafter, having not taken the field for the Giants since, the story said. The Giants are hoping Barkley is finally healthy for the final stretch of the 2021 season.