Each NFL season, every team has a player that bears a little added attention. So which performer could turn the corner for the New York Giants in ’17?
Welcome to yet another 32-team series from End Zone Score. In recent months, we took the time to look at each club’s best offseason addition. We even dabbled into some pertinent and historical numbers.
Every NFL season features players that come into their own after a slow start to their careers. It’s tough to tell when each performer’s coming-put party will take place. Some are immediate successes. Others take longer due to numerous circumstances, but they prove to be worth the wait. Here we will try and pinpoint a player from each team in the league that we feel is on the verge of putting it altogether.
RB Paul Perkins
The running game for the New York Giants has not only taken a back seat as of late, it’s safe to say it may be stuck in the trunk. One year after finishing a mediocre in the league in rushing yards per game, the club gained the fourth-fewest yards on the ground this past season. Ben McAdoo’s club ran for a total of 1,412 yard – 219 less than NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys.
This offseason, Giants’ 2016 rushing leader Rashad Jennings was let go by the team. That opens the door for second-year running back Paul Perkins. He played in 14 games as a rookie and made one start. He was second on the team with 456 rushing yards on 112 carries. He also caught 15 passes for 162 yards. All told, he’s looking for his first NFL touchdown. The fifth-round pick from UCLA also rolled up 57 total yards from scrimmage in New York’s 38-13 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Yes, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning comes off a so-so year. The team added wideout Brandon Marshall to the duo of Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. But the best thing that could happen to this offense this season is if Paul Perkins becomes a go-to running back and gives the Big Blue attack some balance.