The Giants drafted Barkley second overall out of Penn State in 2018. He proceeded to lead the NFL with 2,028 scrimmage yards during a fantastic rookie season. Barkley also scored 15 touchdowns, including 11 on the ground.
Barkley's 2019 season did not go as well, in part because he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3 and missed three-plus games. He did finish with 1,441 scrimmage yards and eight touchdowns, however, and broke off 1,003 rushing yards as well.
The 2020 season proved disastrous for Barkley, who suffered a torn ACL in Week 2 against the Chicago Bears and missed the remainder of the season.
The Giants signed Devontae Booker to a two-year, $5.5 million contract to back up Barkley, and ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano reported the team has examined its running back options for Day 2 of the 2021 NFL draft.