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RB Paul Perkins - New York Giants

5-10, 208Born: 11-16-1994College: UCLADrafted: Round 5

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Sep 19): Perkins had a lot of hype this offseason as the lead three-down back for the Giants, but the offense, offensive line, and Perkins himself have all been duds. He's droppable heading into a tough matchup with the Eagles.

Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Few teams are running the ball with less interest and less efficiency than the Giants. They've run just 30 times for 97 yards through 2 weeks, and there's no real hope on the horizon. Lacking a ball-control element between the tackles, their running game is little more than a mix of forced, uninspired smashes up the middle and the occasional Shane Vereen space run on passing downs. Paul Perkins, who's yet to show even a whiff of starting-caliber talent, was badly miscast in that early-down role by summer prognostications and has brought nothing to the table (14 rushes, 26 yards). And Orleans Darkwa is a scout-team talent forced into occasional usage when Perkins proves ineffective. With the passing game in such nasty disarray, there's nothing keeping defenders honest and out of the tackle box on running downs, so their middling talent levels are on full display. The Eagles have been mixed at halting the run dating back last season. Their up-and-down 2016 ended with a bit of a collapse down the stretch, as zone-running teams began to find solid lanes through their front seven. That stretch included a solid day by these Giants, with both Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings posting efficient lines. And last week, Kansas City rookie Kareem Hunt dazzled in the second half, when he gathered 73 of his 81 yards. Still, this home matchup looks exponentially easier than either of those. And it's worth noting that Hunt only managed 3 yards or more on 5 of his 13 rushes. The Eagles' run defense may be boom-or-bust, but it's exceptionally hard to bust against this toothless of a running game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at DAL 17 7 16 0 3 2 9 0 0 2.5
2 vs DET 28 7 10 0 2 2 12 0 0 2.2
3 at PHI PROJ-Dodds * 8 * * 1 * * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay * 8 * * 2 * * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs DET (7 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Second-year back Paul Perkins' day started with a carry out of the I-formation; its result a run for no gain would be an omen for the rest of his evening. The Giants offensive line was consistently manhandled up front by the Lions. They created no push and Perkins and the other backs were forced to check their steps and dive forward for whatever minimal gain was available. The Giants tried to get Perkins the ball in space on a screen pass, but it too was snuffed out. He got the call in the red zone, but was wrapped up just short of the goal line. His opportunities were few and far between, and he was another victim of the offensive malaise descending on Big Blue.

2017 Week 1 vs DAL (7 / 16 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Paul Perkins and the entire Giants offense never got into any semblance of rhythm on Sunday and they were forced to abandon the running game into the second half. The Giants offensive line was a disaster and they became one dimensional which really hurt the fantasy potential of Perkins. Perkins was not as involved in the passing game as Vereen, who is clearly the favourite back in obvious passing situations. The offense had no balance and the Cowboy defense did not let the Giants establish any sort of running game. He ran inside for the most part and tried to pick gaps in the front 7 but rarely had any effective plays. The Cowboys swarmed to the ball well and he only had one redzone rush attempt. A truely abysmal performance for the Giants offense, hopefully the unit can rebound and breathe life into players like Perkins.

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Giants | Paul Perkins bottled up on MNF (Tue Sep 19, 12:15 AM) - New York Giants rookie RB Paul Perkins rushed seven times for 10 yards in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions on Monday, Sept. 18, while added two catches for 12 yards.

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Giants | Paul Perkins struggles in his debut (Mon Sep 11, 01:07 AM) - New York Giants rookie RB Paul Perkins carried seven times for just 16 yards in Week 1 at Dallas and he hauled in two receptions for nine yards.

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Schedule

3@ Philadelphia Eagles
4@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5vs Los Angeles Chargers
6@ Denver Broncos
7vs Seattle Seahawks
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs Los Angeles Rams
10@ San Francisco 49ers
11vs Kansas City Chiefs
12@ Washington Redskins
13@ Oakland Raiders
14vs Dallas Cowboys
15vs Philadelphia Eagles
16@ Arizona Cardinals
17vs Washington Redskins