The New York Giants reacted QUICK to star running back Saquon Barkley’s injury where he tore his ACL in Week 2 vs the Chicago Bears. The Giants signed Devonta Freeman to a 1-year, $3 million Freeman has been talked about around the league being linked to multiple teams for a while, including Giants rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. Devonta Freeman has 951 rushes, 3,972 yards and 32 TDs on the ground and 257 receptions, 2,015 yards and 11 TDs in the passing game. Freeman has shown he can be successful on all 3 downs and can adapt to anything an offense does. Freeman has also shown he could either be a bellcow running back or run in a committee like he did with now 49ers runningback, Tevin Coleman.
Devonta Freeman is just about the perfect fit for the Giants and what they need at the moment as you can possibly get. Yes, Jason Garrett offense requires a ground and pound, hard nosed, between the tackles runner but unfortunately the offensive line can’t sustain that kind of runner. We’ve seen it especially on Monday night, week 1 vs the Steelers. Last week, the running game was better (although that doesn’t say much) and Saquon was able to run before he got hurt. Every time Dion Lewis touched the ball and ran through his gap, he was forced to change direction and look for a new opening elsewhere.
We need an elusive back like Devonta Freeman and The Giants will be more successful with him then going with a bruising back like Rod Smith, who is currently on the Giants practice squad. Freeman will most likely run in a committee with Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman especially coming into a new offense and not getting any work in the offseason. Will it save the Giants run game? I don’t think he will get top 10 in rushing if that’s what you’re asking or might not even get too 1,000 yards but will definitely make in an impact.
He is definitely one to claim on waivers but don’t think he will a savior for your offense by anymeans. I see him playing a role as flex for now and we will see what happens in the future. He won’t touch the ball more than 20 times a game and might just run in a committee with Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman