With Saquon Barkley out for the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL, the New York Giants signed Devonta Freeman to a one-year deal. The former Atlanta Falcons running back will have to get up to speed in the third week of the season, and it may not be so easy.
However, Giants head coach Joe Judge believes Freeman will be an asset to his club, contributing when and where necessary.
Joe Judge on new Giants RB Devonta Freeman: "I think he’s got some juice left in the tank.”— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 23, 2020
He said they will work quickly to get him up to speed in time for Sunday's game against the 49ers. https://t.co/4KYAPqJWak
With Freeman now on their roster, Judge now has some depth in the backfield. Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman were the only two running backs the team had available following Barkley's injury.
Freeman spent six seasons with the Falcons before being released in March. The 28-year-old is a two-time Pro Bowler and rushed for 656 yards and two touchdowns last season while adding 410 yards and four touchdowns receiving.
Luckily for Freeman, he'll be facing a San Francisco 49ers squad on Sunday that has been decimated by injuries early on. Both Nick Bosa and Richard Sherman will miss the game due to injury.