Saquon Barkley ready to bounce back: 'I'm tired of the BS that is said about me'

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Safe to say that Saquon Barkley is viewing the upcoming season as the start of his revenge tour.

The former Pro Bowler told reporters at Giants voluntary mini-camp on Wednesday that he is out to prove wrong all of those that believe his best days are behind him, and that it would be in New York’s best interest to move on.

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“I just want to kill, go crazy,” Barkley said. “I don’t want to jump the gun. It’s a long way until September and the start of the regular season, but to be honest, I’m tired of whatever’s written about me, the BS that is said about me or this team. I want to go out there and prove to this organization that the player they drafted is still there, and I can still do special things with the ball in my hand.”

Barkley has played in just 15 games over the past two seasons, including just two in 2020 after tearing his ACL in Week 2. His dip in production and playing time led many to ponder if the Giants needed to trade their star running back, and declared taking a running back at No. 2 in the draft a grave mistake.

Despite those rumors and Barkley’s recent struggles, coupled with the struggles of Big Blue’s offense as a whole, Barkley says he is not giving up on his Giants tenure and doesn’t want a change of scenery.

“I love it here,” Barkley said. “I feel like this place has so much tradition, so much history, and I want to be part of the success that comes back to this place…I know the talent we have in the locker room.

“When I was a kid, I was a Jets fan, but I used to drive to New York and pass the old stadium. I always told my dad, 'I want to play in that stadium.' I want to be special here.”

Barkley believes he can be special again, saying he is feeling healthy heading into the new season for the first time since 2019.

“I definitely feel a lot different, a lot better, like myself again,” Barkley said.

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