Perkins carried nine times for 20 yards and caught both his targets for an additional eight yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Eagles. Perkins came into the game averaging a paltry 1.9 yards per carry, and although he received his highest carry allotment of the season, he only barely managed to improve on that figure. Orleans Darkwa appeared to be the preferred back at times, but he left with a back injury, allowing Perkins to carry on. The second-year back has been quite disappointing this season, and although some of his struggles can be attributed to poor blocking, he certainly hasn't taken full advantage of his opportunities. Due to a lack of alternatives, however, Perkins could lead the team in carries once again next week against the Buccaneers.
Perkins started Monday night, but rushed for only 10 yards on seven carries. He also caught both of his targets for 12 yards. Perkins has not run well in his first two starts, but it's hard to evaluate because he's barely had any room to run, and the playcalling is so vanilla it's as if the defense knows it's coming. Both Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa had more success on fewer carries, but Vereen isn't an early-down back, and Darkwa is used largely on special teams. Still, if the Giants don't produce more on the ground, Darkwa, rookie Wayne Gallman or someone not yet on the roster could take Perkins' job.
Perkins had only 16 yards on seven carries and two catches for nine yards Sunday. The Giants run game and offense as a whole were abysmal Sunday night, albeit without Odell Beckham, against an ostensibly weak Cowboys defense, and Perkins was no exception. Moreover, Orleans Darkwa saw some snaps, and Shane Vereen was in for much of the second half as a pass-catching option. Perkins is still the starter until further notice, but it's hard to be bullish on his prospects.
Perkins rushed for 33 yards on six carries in Saturday's preseason win over the Jets. Set to be the Giants' starter at running back, Perkins had looked dreadful this preseason, tallying just 13 yards on 11 carries coming into Saturday. The Giants have been a tough nut to crack in recent seasons when it comes to running backs, rotating bodies in and out from game to game and situation to situation. Perkins,a second-year back out of UCLA, has a complete tool set to work with, but with specialty backs such as Shane Vereen as a pass catcher and Orleans Darkwa as a power player on the roster, his ceiling is hard to gauge.
Perkins struggled in the preseason opener Friday against the Steelers, gaining only three yards on five carries without a target in the passing game. Perkins has been impressing in camp, so it's a shame that he wasn't able to carry that success over in a game situation. This performance does nothing to change the second-year running back's status as the New York's starter, especially since many of the team's key offensive cogs sat this one out entirely.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||9||15.00|
|5||10/08||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.00|
|9||11/05||Los Angeles Rams||32||27.00|
|10||11/12||@San Francisco 49ers||28||22.00|
|11||11/19||Kansas City Chiefs||20||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||112||456||0||15||162||0||61|