Giants RB Wayne Gallman is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a knee injury. He'd been serving as Saquon Barkley's backup. Jonathan Stewart will step into that role for however long Gallman is out.
NJ.com's Matt Lombardo believes Wayne Gallman -- not Jonathan Stewart -- has the "inside track" to win the Giants' #2 RB job. Lombardo notes Gallman's burst, elusiveness and pass-catching ability as edges over Stewart, who looked like "a plodding veteran running back trying to hang on" this spring. It's a situation we'll monitor when training camp opens, but neither guy is worth a pick outside of deep best-ball drafts. The bigger takeaway here is that rookie Saquon Barkley is already entrenched as the Giants' feature back.
Giants HC Ben McAdoo suggested that his backfield will continue to be a committee. "We have very capable backs we have a lot of confidence in," McAdoo said. "[Paul] Perkins is obviously nicked up. He's a good back. We still believe in him, have a lot of confidence in him. You saw the energy that [Wayne] Gallman brought to the game. Orleans [Darkwa] is a guy we can throw in and be a big, productive runner for us. And Shane [Vereen] is going to play his role." Perkins and Darkwa both put in limited practices on Wednesday, giving them a shot to play this weekend vs. the Chargers. McAdoo added that, "if somebody gets hot, we'll ride him." But if Perkins is active on Sunday, this will be a backfield to avoid in fantasy lineups.
According to ESPN's Jordan Ranaan, Giants RB Paul Perkins hasn't "blown anyone away with his performance this summer." That, of course, comes across as a euphemism for: Perkins looks disappointing. The team has been counting on Perkins to lead the backfield in his 2nd season after it let Rashad Jennings go in the offseason. But Orleans Darkwa is reportedly pushing for more work and has already been splitting recent 1st-team reps. Shane Vereen also could add more carries to a profile that should already include leading the group in receptions. We'd still bet on Perkins leading the team in carries this season -- as of now -- but the Giants seem headed for more of a committee approach than they probably hoped heading into camp. And Perkins looks more like the bench fodder that his fantasy football draft price has made him so far than a potential mid-round steal. We'll see if he can step it up.
Giants RB Wayne Gallman is "clearly" 4th on the depth chart behind Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa, according to insider Dan Duggan. Rookies tend to start their careers buried on the depth chart, but Gallman doesn't seem to be ascending. He "has had a quiet camp," notes Duggan. Gallman isn't worth a pick in redraft leagues at this point. Perkins, meanwhile, remains locked in as New York's lead back.
Giants HC Ben McAdoo provided up update on rookie RB Wayne Gallman following the first practice in pads. “I saw a young guy that got knocked around a little bit,” McAdoo said. “Bounced right back up and made a couple of nice plays later on in practice. But he’s a young player, has a lot to learn, has a long way to go.’’ Gallman, a 4th round pick, certainly has time to impress the coaching staff. But with below average athleticism and college tape that didn't wow, expect the Clemson product to remain in a reserve role this fall.
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.
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