It will most definitely be a committee between Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen and either Orleans Darkwa or rookie Wayne Gallman. That being said, Paul Perkins has earned the right to be this team’s full-time starter, and Giants fans can expect to see him on the field for a majority of snaps come next season.
The notion that the Giants would use anyone but Perkins as their main back is absurd.
He had a solid 2016 season in which he ran for 456 yards and had 162 yards receiving, and he was able to basically steal the starting spot from Rashad Jennings towards the end of the season.
Perkins didn’t have any touchdowns in his rookie year, but that was mainly due to the fact that Jennings was almost always used in short yardage situations or inside the red zone.
Unlike Darkwa or Vereen, Perkins has proven that he has the talent to be a top running back in Ben McAdoo’s offense.
He has tremendous quickness and explosiveness as soon as he touches the ball, and his ability to cut on a dime and change direction allows him to improvise if certain gaps close at the line of scrimmage.
Perkins is also a dangerous option out of the backfield, and could be used like a Shane Vereen would be on third and long screen situations.
He doesn’t have the typical size that you see in a number one back like an Adrian Peterson, but the Giants really don’t have any sizable, bruising running backs to feature. Only Wayne Gallman and Orleans Darkwa are six feet tall, and Gallman is the heaviest at 215 pounds.
Despite his lack of size, Perkins is by far the most talented running back on the depth chart, so expect him to be the full-time guy once the season begins.