During Sunday’s 32-31 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Saquon Barkley left the game after suffering a high ankle sprain. The New York Giants running back is expected to miss 4-8 weeks because of the sprain.
Barkley left the game with only 10 rushing yards on eight carries, a disappoint start for the star running back. Coming into the game, Barkley was second in the league in rushing yards, while averaging 7.8 yards per carry. Last season, Barkley was named the Offensive Player of the Year after totaling 2,028 yards for the lackluster Giants.
With the addition of Daniel Jones, the pressure that Barkley faces can now be shared with the rookie quarterback. Jones was impressive in his pro debut, passing for 336 yards and two touchdowns in Barkley’s absence.
Even with missing most of the game against the Bucs, Barkley has 237 rushing yards and one touchdown through the first three weeks of the season. The Giants have a bye in Week 11, giving Barkley an eight-week time frame for recovery, allowing him to play the last six weeks of the season. This is prime “Ewing Theory” territory.
In the other conference, the AFC, Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Ramsey has made it very clear he is wishing to be traded from the organization. Before Monday’s practice, Ramsey called the Jaguars to say he was sick and unable to practice.
The past 18 months have been rough for the organization, as the franchise was one play away from beating the New England Patriots and reaching the Super Bowl. Since that game, they had a disappointing 2018 season, and aren’t looking completely prepared for the future. With increasing concerns, Ramsey requested a trade, but is still expressing his willingness to be a team player and compete as a member of the Jaguars.
The Jaguars have expressed no interest in trading Ramsey, who is still arguably the best cornerback in the league. Multiple star caliber players have been traded in the past year; many being traded for multiple first-round draft picks. A player of Ramsey’s caliber would warrant a similar trade package. The question is if a franchise would want to risk trading for Ramsey, who has been known to voice his opinions and be a hot head.
Ramsey is only 24-years old. The future is still bright for the young cornerback, as he has many games of football left in him.