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|Predictions for the rookie runner out of UCLA will likely be all over the place. The Giants used a fifth round pick on the “complete” running back, and some fantasy owners likely envision him taking over the reins from the pedestrian Rashad Jennings as early as Week 1. It should be noted, however, that most rookie runners not taken in the first round of the NFL draft fail to supplant the incumbent during their first season, and beat writer Ralph Vacchiano codified those thoughts when predicting that Perkins would not make much of an impact this season. Perkins has the talent and ability to eventually surpass the aging Jennings on the depth chart, but owners will need to be patient as an early season role of 4-6 carries a game is likely the best case scenario at this point. Perkins was a solid three down back at UCLA, showing good lateral quickness and the ability to run inside despite being somewhat “small” at 208 pounds. Perkins long term NFL success is not a given with a late round pedigree, but he should be talented enough to capitalize during any opportunity he is given to be a featured back. With Jennings being 31 years of age and Shane Vereen mostly a disappointment running the ball during his first season in New York, it’s not terribly difficult to imagine Perkins carving out playing time as the season progresses.
|Giants to stick with RBBC|
Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings expected to split carries
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jan 5, 5:15 pm
|Giants OC Mike Sullivan says Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings complement each other well. Expect the Giants to use both a good amount. (Jordan Raanan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This makes perfect sense, as Jennings has 198 yards rushing on 66 carries since the start of December, while Perkins has 309 yards on 69 attempts over the same five-game stretch. A recent re-commitment to the running game has allowed the Giants to move up to 29th in the league in rushing, so it is fair to say owners should be shying away from this duo in playoff leagues anyway. This news just makes starting either one less attractive than it already was.
| Vereen re-injures triceps|
Same injury cost him nine games earlier this season
By: Doug Orth | Mon Dec 19, 6:40 pm
|HC Ben McAdoo on RB Shane Vereen: "Shane re-injured his triceps. It's unfortunate. He worked his tail off to get back to where he was." (Art Stapleton on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Vereen only saw five touches in the two games he returned for, so he wasn't exactly being asked to take over his early-season role, which had him working as the lead back at times. He's likely to be placed on IR shortly. Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins will likely continue sharing work in his absence, but neither back should be expected to emerge as a fantasy starter for the remainder of the season.