Saquon Barkley linking up with his former teammate
New York Giants’ star running back Saquon Barkley recently revealed that he will be rehabbing with his former teammate, Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. as he continues to work his way back from a torn ACL that he suffered back in September of 2020.
“Only thing I do know that I have planned for sure, I’m definitely going to link up with [Odell],” Barkley said, via ESPN. “Obviously Odell tore his knee a little too. I think we both need just being there. We’re really good friends. Competing with each other and pushing each other will also be good too. That’s the only thing I know for certain I will do. Everything else is up in the air.”
Barkley and Beckham became very good friends during the running back’s rookie season in 2018, but unfortunately the Giants traded Beckham the next year to the Browns.
“We definitely talk, whether it is on the phone or playing ‘Call of Duty.’ Obviously probably played a little more of that than I would have liked to this year,” Barkley said. “But it was weird. I’m literally rehabbing. I remember I’m rehabbing. I’m looking up, and I’m watching. I see a clip, and I see Odell get hurt. That definitely hurt me.
“But obviously we both wouldn’t want to go through this, I guess you would say, but I think it’s very important that since we are really close and we know each other so well and we are two competitors and we think we can really help each other, I do think it’s important to really link up. But at the same time, we both have to come in with the mindset of getting 1% better each day. That’s what we have to get from each other. Any way you can get it.”
With Beckham also recovering from a torn ACL, both players can encourage one another on their long road back to the playing field.
It looks like Barkley will travel to Los Angeles, where Beckham has a home for the two to rehab.
“Every year we always link up with him at some point, somewhere. Definitely going to find a way to link up,” Barkley said. “Obviously I would love to, any of those guys that are going through this injury, whether it’s Joe [Burrow], [Devin] Bush, Bud [Dupree], there’re a couple guys, any guy, I think it would be really dope if we could all link up.”