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Saquon Barkley needs to step up in 2022 | #TogetherBlue

Entering the first year of Brian Daboll's era, the New York Giants need to show something positive on offense. The most important thing, of course, is to discover whether Daniel Jones was failed by the previous coaching staff or if he's just plain bad, but there's the overall picture to be analyzed in Daboll's first year.

Jones aside, the most important player on offense is Saquon Barkley, and this is a year where he definitely has to deliver. Entering his fifth year in the league and set to become a free agent after the 2022 season, Barkley needs to step up considerably in order to give New York (and Jones) a helping hand to return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season.

A star in his rookie year, Barkley has struggled with injuries over the past two years. He missed the majority of the 2020 season after a knee injury ended up his year prematurely, and played in just 13 games in 2021, not even getting to the 1000 scrimmage yards. Of course, a bad offensive line didn't help him, but still, Barkley has the potential to be a home run threat and he did not deliver since his rookie year, especially being a former second overall pick.

Evan Neal will help a lot, and Jon Feliciano was a fantastic free agent signing. The protection will be better. But Barkley needs to return to his former level as well, otherwise, this will be another year where the Giants' running game will be putrid - and it'll confirm that Barkley is a major bust.