Although he remains with the Giants organization, Perkins doesn't count on the 90-man roster. Coach Pat Shurmur spoke of the importance of that spot, telling Michael Eisen of the team's official site, "We wanted the roster spot." Only moments before, Shurmur relayed Perkins will require a "significant" amount of time to recover from surgery on his left pectoral. While Perkins focuses on rehab, rookie Saquon Barkley will aim to lock down a workhorse role, despite the presence of free-agent pickup Jonathan Stewart and second-year back Wayne Gallman.
Perkins (pectoral) was waived/injured by the Giants on Thursday, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports.
Perkins -- just one year removed from being the top Giants back taken in fantasy drafts -- could revert back to injured reserve if he goes through waivers unclaimed after tearing a pectoral muscle this offseason and requiring surgery. Perkins received a shot at the starting job last season but plodded his way to 2.2 yards per carry before being bypassed by Wayne Gallman and totaling just nine carries over the final 12 games of the season. The offseason additions of Saquon Barkley second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft and Jonathan Stewart in free agency prompted the team to take a chance that he will clear waivers, but other teams could now swoop in.
The extent of Perkins' setback isn't known and a timetable for his return hasn't been established, but it was speculated that the running back had sustained an upper-body injury after he was spotted at minicamp Tuesday with his left arm in a sling. Even if Perkins makes a full recovery in time for training camp, it's more likely that he will be battling for a roster spot rather than a starting role. Perkins opened the past season as the Giants' No. 1 back, but averaged just 2.2 yards on 41 carries before losing snaps to Orleans Darkwa and Wayne Gallman and finishing the campaign primarily as a special-teams player. Darkwa remains a free agent, but the Giants have added veteran Jonathan Stewart to their backfield stable and could tab another runner with one of their early round selections in this week's draft.
Perkins appears to have suffered an offseason pectoral injury, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.
The 2016 fifth-rounder was spotted with his left arm in a sling Tuesday, so his status will need to be monitored as the Giants' on-field activities progress. Perkins was limited to a bit role last season, carrying just 41 times for 90 yards and catching eight passes for 46 yards in 11 games. He's currently behind Jonathan Stewart and Wayne Gallman on the team's running back depth chart and there's also the possibility that the Giants could take the highly-touted Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. In short, Perkins must overcome some obstacles in order to reclaim a key role in his team's backfield in 2018.
Perkins had 41 carries for only 90 yards on the year and wound up spending most of the season's second half on special teams.
Perkins' stint as a viable starter has likely come and gone. Wayne Gallman is probably the team's leading running back, though the team could re-sign Orleans Darkwa or add competition via the draft or free agency.
|2016||New York Giants||14||1||112||456||4.1||22||0||2||22|
|2017||New York Giants||11||4||41||90||2.2||14||0||0||3|
|2016||New York Giants||14||1||15||162||10.8||67||0||1||1||6|
|2017||New York Giants||11||4||8||46||5.8||11||0||0||0||1|
|2016||New York Giants||14||4||3.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||New York Giants||11||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2017||New York Giants||11||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|