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RB Paul Perkins - New York Giants

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

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17 at WAS 37 21 102 0 2 0 0 0 0 10.2
18 at GB 36 10 30 0 5 3 27 0 0 5.7

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 18 vs GB (10 / 30 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Paul Perkins has got the job as the lead back of this team for the moment but wasn't able to shine much in this game for a variety of reasons. The Giants struggled to block the Packers defensive line up front and gave Perkins little to work with after he got the handoff. He ran a lot of zone plays that picked up small chunks of yards to keep the Giants moving forward but was never able to break a big run. The Giants had to abandon the running game late as the Packers scored a lot of points which put the Giants under a lot of pressure. Perkins stayed involved and you saw the talent as a runner emerge but he needs to work on his vision and patience when he gets the ball to further develop his game.

2016 Week 17 vs WAS (21 / 102 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Paul Perkins continues to have strong performances as the Giants transition their running game towards the younger back. Perkins was able to find many gaps in the redskin defense throughout the game and explode through for big gains. He took a lot of delays up the middle but was also able to bounce some of these outside when necessary. He chipped away at the defense for the entire game and ran with power. Perkins was pushing defenders back at first contact and was quick enough to escape some initial tackle attempts at the hole. His vision is very impressive for a young player and tends to pick the correct time to rush through a gap. The Giants blocked well for him, pulling guards and pushing back the line of scrimmage. The Giants receivers also blocked well downfield at times which sprung Perkins into the open field. Perkins has talent and youth on his side with an incredible opportunity to become the full time lead back for the Giants. He is not much of a presence in the passing attack and needs to work on pass blocking/catching but his rushing potential is very strong.

2016 Week 16 vs PHI (15 / 68 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Paul Perkins is slowly turning into the lead back in this offense as it is evident that Jennings cannot carry this team on the ground. His workload has more or less slowly grown in every game in the second half of this season and he deserves an opportunity to grow in this offense. Perkins was not a factor in the passing game but this is typical for Giants backs as their dynamic receivers are the focal point of the offense. Perkins has excellent speed and quickness and did a good job of exploiting any gaps in the Eagle defense on Thursday. On several occasions, Perkins exploded into the open field with nice blocks set up front. He is slippery with the ball in open field and can make the first man miss in the hole. There isn't a big variety of running plays to work with in this offense and he often gets simple dive/zone plays left or right. The running game is more of a complementary part of this offense as clearly the passing game is more dangerous for defenses. Regardless, the Giants show a commitment to the running game most of the time and especially when they can maintain a lead over the opposing team. Perkins has great potential moving forward in this offense but nothing is guaranteed.

2016 Week 15 vs DET (11 / 56 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Paul Perkins still shared the workload with Jennings but the young back was much more productive with the ball. Perkins was more explosive in the backfield and hit the hole with more of a burst. The Giants offensive line blocked well at times for Perkins and gave him big lanes to take advantage of. He took a lot of handoffs up the middle from shotgun and picked up many yards on delay/draw plays too. Despite 7 less carries on the ground, he had more yards than Jennings and he seemed to grow stronger as a runner as the game developed. The Giants stayed with the ground attack and did not get one dimensional as their defense gave them many possessions. Perkins has the talent to be more productive as a rusher than Jennings/Vereen but lacks the pass protection knowledge of his veteran teammates. If the Giants were in the redzone more often, he could be a serious fantasy option. He should remain on your bench for now however as the production/goal line touches don't warrant a spot just yet

2016 Week 14 vs DAL (15 / 45 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Paul Perkins was given a decent amount of work on the ground against the cowboys on Sunday night but gaps were hard to come by. The cowboys were disciplined at the line of scrimmage and sealed up a lot of potential holes that Perkins could run into. The Giants were in a low scoring close game and were able to keep handing the ball off to guys like Perkins which helped his number of touches but this failed to result in any meaningful production. He took a lot of inside handoffs and delay runs from shotgun and was able to make the most out of the room but the Cowboys swallowed him up quickly for the most part. Perkins shared the backfield fairly evenly with Jennings which is a good sign for the young back but he can't be trusted as a fantasy option until we see better production.

2016 Week 13 vs PIT (7 / 38 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Paul Perkins got more carries than Jennings but wasn't a factor in the passing game at all. He had a few nice moves at the line of scrimmage and did well to evade the first man when he hit the line of scrimmage. Perkins has the quickness and talent to exploit defenses when he is afforded decent run blocking up front but the Giants could not provide this for the most part. Perkins was the more effective back for the most part, looking slippery and more difficult to tackle than Jennings. He still only managed 7 total touches and is not worth a play in any fantasy league right now.

2016 Week 12 vs CLE (9 / 29 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Paul Perkins simply isn't getting the touches needed to be viable in fantasy at the moment. The Giants leaned heavily on Rashad Jennings and Perkins was only used to spell Jennings and as a change of pace. Perkins showed some quickness and good hands out of the backfield, turning several short passes into decent gains. He had a nice catch and run play negated by a hold however. He has the agility to make men miss in the open field and could be a lot more viable in the future if he can improve his play as a receiver but he belongs on the waiver wire at the moment. The Giants struggled again to move the defensive line up front and have been mediocre in their run blocking throughout the season.

2016 Week 11 vs CHI (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Paul Perkins had a few nice plays on Sunday but is stuck behind Jennings on the depth chart it seems as Jennings received the bulk of the workload on the ground. Perkins showed excellent quickness on a juke move near the line of scrimmage, faking out a linebacker before cutting inside for a decent play that could have resulted in a negative play. Perkins often found little to no room at the line of scrimmage however and was frequently tackled shortly after getting the handoff. He showed patience and vision on a few catches out of the backfield but his workload was too low to be considered fantasy relevant. Perkins is a quicker and faster back with youth on his side to balance Jennings but he can't compete for touches yet in this offense.

2016 Week 10 vs CIN (9 / 31 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Paul Perkins had significantly less work than Jennings in this game and should not be started as a fantasy option at this point. Perkins was not productive on the ground up the middle against the Bengals and did not register a catch. It seems that Jennings is still the #1 guy for the Giants.

2016 Week 9 vs PHI (11 / 32 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Paul Perkins was given a significant workload on Sunday and this suggests the Giants have faith in the young back to produce when given a decent opportunity. He struggled on the ground for the most part but the Giants have failed to move the ball on the ground consistently, no matter who is back there. Perkins did show promise as the game developed however and seem to get stronger as the defense got tired. He took short pass out of the backfield for a nice first down, showing power to push defenders back despite his short stature. Perkins than picked up another first down on a toss play outside, showing good vision and using his blocks well to pick the correct hole. He should be owned in deep fantasy leagues but caution is needed when starting him as the Giants offensive line is not effective when run blocking.


Latest News

Giants | Paul Perkins wants to be three-down back (Sun Apr 23, 05:48 PM) - New York Giants RB Paul Perkins said his goal is to become a three-down running back for the Giants.

Our View: Perkins is a speedy change-of-pace back, but he's got the chance to be more. He's intent running inside even though that's not his forte. Perkins has the speed to make the corner, but he doesn't try to take every run outside. The Giants are looking at veteran thumpers like Adrian Peterson or LeGarrette Blount, and they could also try to find a big back in the 2017 NFL draft. Needless to say, Perkins is going to have competition for touches this season.
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