It may only be May, but the New York Giants have already named second-year UCLA running back Paul Perkins their starter for the 2017 season.
Head coach Ben McAdoo told WFAN on Monday, “Paul Perkins is going to be our starter out there on first and second down, and we’ve added some competition in the room in a variety of ways.”
Perkins was the Giants starter in only one game last season. In 14 games, he had 112 rushes for 456 rushing yards, an average of 4.1 yards per carry, and zero touchdowns. However, in his lone start in Week 17 adjacent the Washington Redskins he ran 21 times for 102 yards.
I think out of that group, Gallman will give Perkins a run for his money. Gallman is a big back who is a very powerful runner. He is also a pretty decent blocker. In 15 games at Clemson, he ran for 1,133 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. If Gallman doesn’t take over as the starter, he should definitely be the third down and red zone back.
Whoever is running the ball for Big Blue is going to need to step up big. Last season, New York ranked 29th in average rushing yards with 88.3 yards per game. A full year of Perkins and a power back in Gallman will be huge for this team. The offensive line also seems to be a little bit improved from last season.