Giants to Work Out Devonta Freeman

Patricia Traina

The Giants could be turning to Devonta Freeman as a leading candidate to fill the roster vacancy that’s expected once the team placed running back Saquon Barkley.

 Freeman, who was in the area over the weekend to meet with the Eagles, will work out for the Giants on Tuesday, per a source. The 28-year-old spent his entire career with the Atlanta Falcons, who drafted him in the fourth round back in 2014 out of Florida State.

Freeman has appeared in 77 career games with 59 starts and has 3,972 rushing yards on 951 carries and 32 rushing touchdowns. As a receiver, the two-time Pro Bowler who also was named as a second-team All-Pro in 2015 has caught 257 passes for 2,015 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns.

In 2018, Freeman dealt with multiple injuries, including a knee that cost him three games and then a season-ending groin injury that landed him on injured reserve on October 16. He returned in 2019, but the Falcons decided to release him after the season in a salary cap-related move.

Barkley suffered what many fear is a season-ending torn ACL in Sunday’s 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears. Barkley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, was to undergo further evaluation and tests to determine the extent of his injury.

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writerrad
writerrad

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Oh sometimes I wish I had been watching the Gints since 72 instead of since around 56 or 57. I dont write them blank checks. I remember going 25 years without playoffs, 30 years without a championship. I am 73. I want them to get to the playoff before I die!

writerrad
writerrad

Readers

Hey Phats, good to see you are still nobly represnting the Giants fans of PB County as I try to!

SteveA
SteveA

Giants fans who say it does not matter with our OL, let me tell you why it does. If we see ni improvement by year end with Freeman behin the OL, we know we have an OL issue. If the running game does not improve but we have Lewis, Gallman, and Smith - do we really know it's the OL and not the RB's picking wrong holes or not executing? My counter argument is a veteran RB is CRITICAL to helping us understand that.

writerrad
writerrad

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What boggles the mind is that the Giants staff knows the guys they had in camp, the guys they have on the practice squad, and guys they cut like Leake. They have people who get 7 figure incomes each year who know about that in person. They have scouts and propersonnell people who evaluate this stuff. What do these posters know that these professionals dont? And what kind of players are going to be available 2 games into the season anyway?

Jcpettor
Jcpettor

It would even be nicer if the offensive line could block. I don’t believe Jim Brown could work behind this Offense of line. It doesn’t matter who is the running back the results will be the same.
The reason Barkley looked so good in his first year was because the quarterback was Eli Manning.

Jcpettor
Jcpettor

It doesn’t matter who’s the running back is if the offense of line cannot block.

Cowboyup
Cowboyup

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I think signing Freeman would be another example of why the Giants are stuck in the mud and will remain so. And it re-enforces that our new " regime" is repeating old, failed thinking. We don't need another veteran running back to win 4 games. We need to see if we can strike gold. Like we did with victor Cruz. Bring back the kid from Rutgers who was with us a year ago; or the Leake person from Maryland. Or sign someone from Toledo or Akron who starred in the mid America conference. Just adding another 28-29 year old body, who is on the margin anyway, accomplishes nothing. We need some imagination, some creativity some willingness to experiment. We can be 4-12 a lot of different ways. I prefer to make it exciting instead of totally predictable.

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phatdaddy4
phatdaddy4

Good post. We could also finally give Gallman a real chance to contribute.....

gggg-giants

writerrad
writerrad

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the kid we had from Rutgers was single handedly trying o break Tiki Barber's record for fumbling especially on the goal line. This guy received offers from a few teams in this off season, but seemed to not want to play unless he was guaranteed touches.

Cowboyup
Cowboyup

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My only point is : signing a discarded veteran ( Freeman) accomplishes nothing. The team is going no where with or without him. The seven figure a year guys should know that. We have a terrible offensive line. And Herschel Walker would not win games here.

Cowboyup
Cowboyup

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The issue now : the Giants will use high draft picks next year on a running back and a wide receiver. The team will fail again, because we need a defense and an offensive line. If this administration doesn’t see that....and give it draft priority.... we have to fire everyone and start again. We are going nowhere until someone says: “we are going to give priority to our offensive line and defense, in every move we make. “

TJaorch23
TJaorch23

I think the Giants still have Rod Smith on the practice squad and he knows Garrett's offense very well. Maybe they promote him and that opens a spot to bring back Javon Leake?

TJaorch23
TJaorch23

Signing Freeman would be a boon for sure, but I think the Eagles are going to outbid the Giants. It would be nice to know who is in that next tier of RBs available that we might consider. Having said that, I think Lewis and Gallman could get the job done, and I agree with the other poster that Javon Leake might be worth bringing back.

Truthbetold1220
Truthbetold1220

Pat,
Please whisper in a Giants executive's ear that the kid from Maryland looked too dynamic and dangerous to ignore. If nothing else, let's get him on the practice squad. Can he replace Saquon? Of course not. But his speed and cuts created yardage when you were sure he was going to be stopped. No guarantees that Gallman or Lewis stay healthy for the rest of the season. Let's, at least, give the guy another chance. His stats at Maryland were ridiculous. Yes, the NFL is MUCH more difficult than U of M. No arguments there. But I saw that guy, all too briefly granted, and I immediately thought of Dave Meggett. Small, quick, and fearless.

HoogieCoogieMan
HoogieCoogieMan

Would be nice if the Giants could sign him. Experienced pro would help alleviate the loss of Barkley and could get on board quickly. Get well quick Mr. Barkley.


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