Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley


Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 85%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 11.2%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 3.0
Durability: question mark 5

Medium Risk


Saquon Barkley Player Overview

Saquon Rasul Quevis Barkley was born in the Bronx, New York. He grew up in a very athletic family. His father (Alibay Barkley) was a boxer, his brother was a star baseball player who was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels, and his uncle (Iran Barkley) was also a professional boxer who won titles across three-weight classes.

Always a bigger running back, Barkley measured 5’11” tall and weighed 233 pounds in high school, running a 4.66 40-yard dash.

When Barkley was young, his family chose to move to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in search of a safer upbringing. In high school, Saquon played basketball, ran track and field in addition to playing football. He was an elite track star, winning gold medals in the 100-meter dash and the long jump.

High school football came easy for Barkley. He put up video game numbers in football, rushing for 1,856 yards and 31 touchdowns in his senior year. Rivals listed him as a four-star recruit and after initially committing to Rutgers University, he decided to attend Penn State University.

The talented Barkley was inserted in the lineup as a true freshman, rushing for over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns. He did miss time with an injury. Barkley, as a sophomore, would win the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year among several other awards, while setting the Penn State record by rushing for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns. His junior season saw a reduction in yards (1,271) while totaling 21 scores. Barkley's 54 receptions outpaced his total of 48 in his first two college seasons.

Barkley was hailed as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime talent,’ and projected to be the highest running back taken in the NFL draft since Reggie Bush in 2006. At the 2018 NFL Combine, his measurables were off the charts, at 6', 233 pounds, and he ran a 4.40 40-yard dash (impressive improvement since entering college). The New York Giants drafted him with the second overall pick in…

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Saquon Barkley Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Sep 22, 2019 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 He suffered a high ankle sprain in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Aug 13, 2018 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Barkley was hurt in camp while running a pass route. He missed 8 days but was ready for Week 1.
Nov 26, 2016 Non-NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Barkley injured his right ankle in the 3rd quarter vs. Michigan State but was able to play the following week.
Sep 26, 2015 Non-NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 Barkley missed 2 games as a freshman with an ankle injury.