Paul Perkins (According to ESPN: 2016: PPR RB57, Current ADP: RB32/92.2 overall)
Shane Vereen (2016: PPR RB79, Current ADP: T-RB62+/170+ overall)
Orleans Darkwa (2016: PPR RB97, Current ADP: T-RB62+/170+ overall)
Wayne Gallman (Rookie 4th round pick, Current ADP:T-RB62+/170+ overall)
Shaun Draughn (Acquired via Free Agency, Current ADP:T-RB62+/170+ overall)
The New York Giants have not seen a 1,000 yard rusher since the 2012 campaign for Ahmad Bradshaw. It should not come as a surprise that Eli Manning has averaged over 600 passing attempts the past three seasons. Instead of chasing one of the many well accomplished veteran RBs on the market (or an OT for that matter), the Giants chose to add Brandon Marshall to it's already talented group of WRs. They did add Wayne Gallman out of Clemson in the 4th round, but elected to pass on adding an early round talent. So what does this mean?
According to Ben McAdoo this backfield will be led by Paul Perkins for early down work. Perkins didn't set the world ablaze with his opportunities last season, but did manage top just above the 4.0 yards per carry mark behind a mediocre group up front, which shouldn't be sneezed at considering the Giants finished 29th in the league in rushing. He did finish the regular season strong, by logging 226 yards rushing at 4.8 yards per carry the last three weeks of the regular season. Including a 100 yard rushing performance in the regular season finale. Apparently the flashes of talent he displayed were enough to give the coaching staff confidence to pass on heavily investing in another RB this offseason.
Perkins does have a frame and skill set that compares to Devonta Freeman of the Falcons. He is an undersized, instinctive back, with quick feet and plenty of ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He doesn't have the quite the explosiveness or strength of his Atlanta counterpart, but Freeman is proof an undersized RB can be the primary ball carrier if given the right situation. Rashad Jennings averaged 188 carries the past two seasons with the Giants. With Perkins currently coming off the board in 7th-9th round range, his combination of running chops and pass catching ability make him an intriguing mid round selection with plenty of upside.
Admittedly, Perkins will likely surrender the majority of passing down work Shane Vereen. However, with 1,007 total yards in two season with the Giants, Vereen will be nothing more than a bye week/deep PPR league option.
The rookie RB out of Clemson, Wayne Gallman, can make things interesting if he can impress in the preseason. He has the size and athleticism of an NFL RB paired with a great motor who fights for extra yardage. He may make a push for short yardage and change of pace work, but will have to splash in the preseason to be on the redraft radar. He is a late round lottery ticket at this stage in the offseason.
As much as I love these names, Orleans Darkwa and Shaun Draughn, I don't see either of them having much of an impact unless a slew of injuries take place.
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