New York Giants RB Paul Perkins can now be fully immersed into preseason training after getting his diploma from UCLA. The buzz circling the graduate has been about his potential as a starting RB with veteran Rashad Jennings out of the picture. Despite the greater opportunity, Perkins is prepping the same way he did last season.
“It doesn’t affect my mindset or my training habits at all. With Rashad here or Rashad gone, I am going to prepare and train like a starter. That is what I always say, so I thank Rashad for laying down a template for us to emulate,” Perkins said.
With a subpar offensive line, Perkins managed to average 4.1 yards per carry compared to Jennings’ 3.3. yards per carry, ranking at the bottom of the league. Although Perkins saw limited action in the beginning of the season, he quickly proved that he could create holes and make plays for the offense with explosive speed and sharp cuts. His increased time on the field could help lift the Giants, who ranked 29th in rushing.
Overall, Perkins has the potential to revive an offense that underperformed last year. Joining a group of young guys that includes Sterling Shepard and Odell Beckham Jr., he is hopeful that the team will see a huge improvement.
“The ceiling is high for us. We have a lot of playmakers both on offense and defense, which is going to help the offense out a lot, but on offense we have big time guys so I think that the sky is the limit for us,” Perkins said.