ESPN's Jordan Raanan believes the Giants are "all-in" on RB Paul Perkins after only adding 4th-round rookie Wayne Gallman to the backfield this offseason. "Any last doubts the New York Giants were serious about making Paul Perkins their feature running back should be removed now that LeGarrette Blount landed in Philadelphia," Raanan writes. The G-Men reportedly "never really made a serious play for Blount." So it's Perkins' starting job to lose. He averaged just 4.1 yards per carry as a rookie. But that looks more impressive when you consider the rest of the Giants' RBs mustered just 3.5. New York's offensive line remains a concern, but volume alone could make Perkins a fantasy starter. He's currently being drafted as RB31 in MFL10s.
Giants HC Ben McAdoo on Monday told reporters that RB Paul Perkins is the team's backfield starter, according to Pro Football Talk. That's no shocking revelation, but it's notable that McAdoo talks about the 2nd-year back that way rather than saying he'll need to earn the top job. Perkins followed an impressive run at UCLA by not leading the Giants in carries until Week 16. But he did finish the year starting over Rashad Jennings, including the playoff loss at Green Bay. The team drafted Clemson RB Wayne Gallman over the weekend, but he doesn't bring NFL-starter talent. And Jennings remains unsigned. RB Shane Vereen is still around and should claim plenty of receiving work -- if he can stay healthy (a big "if"). But early fantasy drafters should treat Perkins as the top back in what could easily be a top-10 scoring and yardage offense.
The Giants selected Clemson RB Wayne Gallman in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. A big part of Clemson’s offense over the past 2 seasons, Gallman totaled 2,647 rushing yards, 378 receiving yards and 31 TDs. But he doesn’t stand out on tape and tested as a 22nd percentile athlete at his position. He at least finds opportunity in a Giants backfield currently spearheaded by 2nd-year RB Paul Perkins.
The Giants have cut RB Rashad Jennings, saving $2.5 million against the 2017 salary cap. Jennings limped his way to just 3.3 yards per carry this past season and turns 32 in March. His days as a lead back are over. Jennings' departure leaves RB Paul Perkins atop the depth chart. He closed his rookie campaign with 72 carries for 301 yards (4.2 YPC) over his final 6 outings. Perkins is the current favorite for lead-back duties, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Giants add competition this offseason. The rookie RB class looks deep.
ESPN's Jordan Raanan expects RB Paul Perkins to start Sunday's Wild Card game against the Packers. The rookie came on down the stretch, carrying 62 times for 271 yards (4.4 YPC) over the final 4 games. That includes career highs in carries (21) and yards (102) in the finale. “We went back and looked at the film [from Sunday]," HC Ben McAdoo said. "I thought Paul did some good things on tape. Found some runs nicely." RB Rashad Jennings will remain involved, but Perkins is definitely the Giants RB to target in your playoff leagues and DFS.
Giants RB Shane Vereen re-tore his tricep in Sunday's win over the Lions. It's been a rough season for the 27-year-old. He 1st tore the tricep in Week 3, suffered a concussion in his return in Week 14 and then tore the tricep again yesterday. Vereen is done for the season, leaving Rashad Jennings, Paul Perkins and Bobby Rainey in New York's backfield.
Giants RBs Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins each carried 15 times for a matching 45 yards in Sunday night's win over the Cowboys. Jennings drew 2 pass targets to 1 for Perkins, catching both for 12 yards. Perkins caught his lone look for no gain. He also lost what would have been his longest run of the night to a holding penalty. Jennings played 11 more snaps than Perkins did, according to Pro Football Focus. He remains the slightly better fantasy option, though neither is poised to help you much the rest of the way.
The Giants on Saturday activated RB Shane Vereen, making him eligible to play in Sunday night's game against the Cowboys. They'd have little reason to do so if they didn't plan to use him at all, though it's tough to know just how much Vereen might play in his 1st action since Week 4. Adding Vereen to an already inconsistent backfield only makes it tougher to trust any Giants RB in fantasy lineups this weekend.
Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) is inactive for tonight's game against the Packers. Orleans Darkwa is expected to serve as New York’s lead ball-carrier, with Bobby Rainey handling passing downs. Rookie Paul Perkins will sprinkle in for a handful of touches.
Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) is not expected to play against the Packers on Sunday night, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. That'll again leave the backfield to Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey and Paul Perkins. Darkwa served as the lead ball-carrier last week, finishing with 48 yards and a score against a tough Vikings run defense. Rainey handled most of the passing-down work, hauling in 7 of 9 targets for 43 yards -- although most of those came in garbage time. Raanan expects Perkins' role to "increase slightly," but his pass-blocking deficiencies will continue to limit his playing time. This is a situation to try to avoid against Green Bay's top-ranked run defense. If you're forced to dabble, Darkwa is your best non-PPR bet; Rainey the best PPR play.
ESPN reports that the Giants have ruled RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) out for tonight's meeting with the Vikings. That leaves the backfield as Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey and rookie Paul Perkins. You should try to avoid this situation, but Darkwa's the guy if you're forced to play 1. We'll be curious to see if Perkins gets some touches after playing only on special teams to date.
Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) is "unlikely" to play against the Vikings on Monday night, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. That'd leave the G-Men with RBs Orleans Darkwa, Bobby Rainey and Paul Perkins. Darkwa would be the best fantasy bet as the early-down back. Rainey would figure to see action in passing situations. New York doesn't seem to trust the rookie Perkins yet.
The Giants announced that RB Shane Vereen has a triceps injury that will require season-ending surgery. It's another blow to a backfield already dealing with a thumb injury to Rashad Jennings. We suspect that Vereen's absence will speed up the timetable to return for Jennings. New York's healthy RBs right now are Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins and Bobby Rainey. Darkwa played well in Sunday's loss to the Redskins, taking 10 carries for 53 yards and a TD.
Update: NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that there's a chance Vereen will come back off IR at some point this season via the "designated to return" tag. The team also reportedly removed "season-ending" in reference to Vereen's surgery when it sent out the press release. Vereen's still fine to drop for more immediate help in redraft formats.
Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) is not expected to play against the Redskins today. That's a surprise after he battled through the injury last Sunday and put in 3 limited practices this week. His absence leaves Shane Vereen as the best bet for touches in the Giants' backfield. He racked up 14 carries and 3 receptions last week and might be looking at a similar workload today. Orleans Darkwa also figures to see more action, and rookie Paul Perkins could make his NFL debut. Neither of those guys should be in fantasy lineups, though.
Giants RB Paul Perkins is a healthy scratch for today's opener against the Cowboys. The rookie is behind Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa on the depth chart. Perkins could make a run at playing time later this year but certainly isn't a must-stash.
Giants RB Orleans Darkwa will open the season as Rashad Jennings' backup, according to NJ.com. The G-Men finally axed mega-bust Andre Williams, leaving them with Darkwa, Jennings, Shane Vereen, Paul Perkins and Bobby Rainey. Jennings will handle the majority of the rushing workload, with Vereen as the primary passing-down back. That leaves very little for Darkwa, who could still eventually be passed by the rookie Perkins. Barring a Jennings injury, Darkwa remains off the fantasy radar.
The Giants have waived 3rd-year RB Andre Williams. It's no surprise after he averaged 3.3 yards per carry and 2.8 yards per carry in his 1st 2 seasons. Shane Vereen, Paul Perkins, Orleans Darkwa and Bobby Rainey remain on the roster behind starter Rashad Jennings -- at least for now.
Giants insider James Kratch believes Andre Williams "appears to have all but won the backup running back job." That's behind lead runner Rashad Jennings. Shane Vereen remains locked in as New York's passing-down back. It's pretty remarkable that Williams is getting another shot after averaging 3.3 and 2.9 yards per carry, respectively, in his first 2 NFL seasons. He's mustered just 3.7 yards per carry on 15 totes this preseason. We're not interested in him in fantasy drafts. Rookie Paul Perkins could still make a run at Williams' spot on the depth chart this year.
The Giants used a 5th-round pick to add Paul Perkins to the backfield. He racked up 2,915 yards and 23 TDs on 6.0 yards per carry over the past 2 seasons at UCLA. He added another 44 yards and 3 scores on 56 receptions. Perkins goes just 5’10, 208 pounds and doesn’t pack much punch. But he’s 1 of the shiftiest guys in open space in this RB class. Perkins could eventually develop into a 12-15 touch guy in New York.
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