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Giants’ Saquon Barkley working, reducing and leaping with ease

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, who is returning from a torn ACL, remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list but head coach Joe Judge says he’s making “tangible progress” every single day.

“You know what, he’s making a lot of strides for us and I don’t want to go ahead and make any predictions or anything on Saquon, but I will say that this guy’s showing progress, tangible progress every day with our medical staff, with our strength staff,” Judge told reporters on Monday.

“He comes out here and works. Right now, we’ve really mirrored his rehab to what our players are doing on the field practice-wise to make sure that he’s building up that same volume, that same intensity. We can kind of go apples to apples with what he’s done on a daily basis compared to the players that are in practice to give us a better picture in terms of where he is physically.”

Barkley isn’t necessarily running simulated practices on the side, but he’s getting more work than most players on PUP usually do.

“I wouldn’t say simulated practice because there’s no one across from him at this point. There’s differences in that, but in terms of the volume with what he’s working on, whether it’s simulating the routes any of our receivers and backs are running, whether it’s simulating just the overall loads we have in practice,” Judge said. “But as you watch him, I know you guys are looking at him, period by period, his rehab is structured to mirror what the other players on the field are doing as much as possible.”

During practice on Monday, many eyes were once again on Barkley. And for the first time since training camp began, the 24-year-old was seen letting loose. He was running, cutting and jumping with relative ease. He looked explosive. He looked like Saquon.

As encouraging as that may appear, the Giants remain in no rush to expedite Barkley’s timeline for a return.

“Look, with this injury right here, we’re going to make sure we do the right thing by Saquon and what’s better for the team and we’ve got to take a long-term vision of this right here. The doctors know a lot more about the knee, about where he is medically,” Judge said.

“I know where his spirit is. I know where his work ethic is. I know he wants to be out there with the team. As I’ve said to him time and time again, when you’re ready, we’ll let you go. I know he wants to be out there, but we’ve got to make sure we help our players make the right decision. The goal is to get him out there and keep him out there. We know he can make a great impact for this team. We know what kind of player he can be, so we want to make sure we put him in the opportunity to go ahead and play full-speed, aggressive and confident when he gets out there.”

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