EAST RUTHERFORD N.J.Running back Has had enough with the “B.S.” He is ready to silence critics after the production plummeted over the past two-plus years.
Barkley has been dealing with knee and ankle injuries since the middle of the 2019 season. Barkley has only 627 yards of rushing and just three touchdowns over the two previous years.
There is now hope that he will be able to thrive under the new coaching of Brian Daboll.
“My mindset in the past two years is that I just want to kill, go insane. I don't want the pressure on. Barkley stated Wednesday that it is a long way until September before we begin the regular season.
“I'm tired of all the crap written about me and my team, the B.S. I don't care what anyone says about me or my team. I want to prove to the organization that the player they drafted still exists. I can still do special tasks with the ball in mine, and I can help this group.”
Problem is, it hasn’t happened very often since a record-breaking rookie year. Barkley has been subject to more criticism than any other time in his football-playing history.
Barkley said that people who doubt him should not be on the same side when things finally turn around.
He said, “One thing that I have learned is that the story is going to be told by people is going to be shaped the way they want it told.” “I feel like there are a lot more things that are missing.”
It has been a difficult few seasons, but that is the bottom line. Barkley hasn’t been productive or healthy.
So, why is it called “B.S.”?
Barkley said, “It's not only that, to be totally honest. Barkley stated that productivity is just — I don’t want to get into the details of what’s being said. “If you get into that, then probably you know what I'm talking to. So I'm going to just say that I'm tired of all the B.S. I want to have fun with my friends and go out and play the game I love.
Barkley isn’t recovering from a severe knee injury like last season. Barkley injured his right knee ACL during the 2020 season. He wasn't fully healed until late last year.
This is not the case this season. He has been able to use the ankle that he injured last season after he stepped on the ankle of a Dallas defender for quite some time.
“I feel so much better, and a lot more different.” Barkley stated that she feels like herself again. Barkley said, “Obviously, I don’t want to rush the gun. I just want the little things to be better each day. Every offseason will involve some prehabbing and rehabbing to make sure you don’t get hurt, no matter how long your career goes.
Barkley was the subject of rumors this offseason. Joe Schoen, the general manager of the NFL scouting team, left the possibility open.
Schoen, however, insists that he hasn’t sold the 25-year-old running home, even though he did receive a few calls. Schoen and Daboll phoned Barkley from the combined to let him know that moving him wasn’t a priority.
“It started out that I was doing some exercise and then I got home to find my phone was exploding. I thought, “What is the point?” Barkley explained that I initially thought I had been traded. However, it is impossible to know what the future holds in today's market. “But then, when I looked it over and saw it, it was clear that I wasn't taking it as such, to be honest. It's his job. He is expected to do what he can to help the team and the organization win. It's his job. After seeing the reply, I didn't think it was, “Oh, dang! He wants to get rid me, or trade me to the Giants.”
“To be completely honest, I felt that that was more just word of mouth. The media kinda create a story. To be honest, I didn't take it that way.”
Now he is focused on improving his day and silenceing those critics. Because they are louder now than ever.