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September 18, 2019 10:24 AM
Lions' Paul Perkins: Claimed off waivers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Lions claimed Perkins off waivers from the Giants on Tuesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Perkins spent the 2018 season on injured reserve with a pectoral injury, and he wasn't going to be called upon in the Giants' offense with Saquon Barkley commanding a bulk of the reps, so the Giants cut him. Perkins last played in the 2017 season and averaged a measly 2.2 YPC. He'll land in a depth situation for Detroit, as Kerryon Johnson will take a bulk of the carries while rookie Ty Johnson looks poised to be the No. 2 back after garnering seven touches in Week 2. There's little fantasy upside for Perkins in this situation unless one of the Johnsons gets injured.

September 17, 2019 08:28 PM
Paul Perkins: Let go by New York
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins was waived by the Giants on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Perkins was a healthy scratch for the first two games of the season in New York. In Perkins' absence, Wayne Gallman will operate as the unquestioned backup to Saquon Barkley. The 2016 fifth-round pick will look to earn a depth role elsewhere in the league.

September 15, 2019 12:00 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Sitting again in Week 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 tilt against the Bills.

Perkins will serve as a healthy scratch for the second time in as many games to open the season. Wayne Gallman took on the light workload (five total touches) that comes with backing up Saquon Barkley in Week 1 and projects to do so again in Perkins' absence.

September 9, 2019 04:48 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Inactive for season opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins was a healthy inactive for Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.

Perkins appeared to be pushing for the backup job behind Saquon Barkley in the preseason, but he didn't even suit up for Week 1. Wayne Gallman worked as the No. 2 running back Sunday and had five touches for 41 yards and a touchdown.

August 30, 2019 12:00 AM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Makes push for backup gig
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins rushed 11 times for 54 yards and caught both of his targets for minus-1 yard in Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots.

Perkins played the opening drive alongside quarterback Daniel Jones, working his way into the game before Wayne Gallman. Gallman scored a touchdown in this one and is still in line to be the primary backup to workhorse Saquon Barkley, but Perkins would likely work his way into a timeshare with Gallman should any injuries befall the starter.

August 15, 2019 03:00 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Third back on depth chart
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins is listed as the No. 3 running back on the Giants' unofficial depth chart.

After Perkins worked ahead of Wayne Gallman during the offseason program, the former has been jumped by the latter in training camp and through one preseason game. Having said that, Gallman picked up a sore foot in that contest, which could be enough for Perkins to regain some standing in the backfield. Perkins didn't show much in the first exhibition, turning four carries into nine yards and two receptions (on three targets) into eight yards while playing 24 of 62 offensive snaps.

June 30, 2019 06:56 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Working ahead of Gallman
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins worked ahead of Wayne Gallman and Rod Smith during the offseason program,'s Matt Lombardo reports.

Gallman faces a double dose of competition after averaging just 3.5 yards on 51 carries and 6.4 yards on 14 receptions (22 targets) in 15 games last season. Perkins wasn't much better with his past opportunities, and he spent all of last season on the non-football injury list due to a pectoral injury. None of the bunch is likely to steal much work from Saquon Barkley, who handled an 83 percent snap share during his rookie season.

May 23, 2019 02:40 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Participating in OTAs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins (pectoral) is participating in the opening of OTAs, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.

Perkins has fallen from grace since opening the 2017 season as the Giants' starter, but he nonetheless remains on the roster after spending the entire 2018 campaign on the Non-Football Injury list due to a pectoral issue. Not only that, Perkins appears healthy and ready to compete with Wayne Gallman and Rod Smith for depth slotting under Saquon Barkley.

April 17, 2019 04:00 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Uncertain future with New York
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins (pectoral) is uncertain to retain his roster spot with the Giants in 2019, Ryan Dunleavy of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Perkins spent the entire 2018 season on the Non-Football Injury list due to an undisclosed pectoral issue and it isn't clear where he currently stands in his recovery. Regardless, he's certainly behind at least Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman on the team's shallow depth chart and seems poised to compete with Robert Martin for the No. 3 job in advance of the 2019 campaign. It's possible the Giants could also add further competition to the backfield via the draft or undrafted free agent market.

May 12, 2018 09:16 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Reverts to NFI list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins (pectoral) cleared waivers Friday, reverting to the Giants reserve/non-football injury list in the process, Jordan Raanan of reports.

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.

May 11, 2018 01:08 PM
Paul Perkins: Waived/injured by Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins (pectoral) was waived/injured by the Giants on Thursday, Dan Graziano of 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 (taken second overall in the 2018 NFL Draft) and Jonathan Stewart in free agency prompted the team to take a chance that Perkins will clear waivers, but other teams could now swoop in.

April 26, 2018 11:44 AM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Surgery for pectoral injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins suffered a torn pectoral muscle prior to the Giants' offseason program that required surgery, a source informed Dan Duggan of The Athletic New York.

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.

April 24, 2018 04:24 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Spotted with left arm in sling
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

January 2, 2018 02:00 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Special teams player
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 17, 2017 12:32 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Inactive Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Eagles.

With just five offensive snaps since Week 4, Perkins is a persona non grata in the Giants offense. Orleans Darkwa, Wayne Gallman and Shane Vereen will continue to man the ground game.

November 13, 2017 04:20 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Plays only on special teams
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins returned to action Sunday, but only saw work on special teams.

He's the fourth string back for now behind Orleans Darkwa, Wayne Gallman and Shane Vereen.

November 1, 2017 04:20 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Practices without limitations
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins (ribs) practiced in full Wednesday.

Perkins got the most out of the Giants' Week 8 bye, as he seemingly practiced without limitations in the open part of drills Wednesday, according to Dan Duggan of Indeed, Perkins managed to log every practice rep for the first time since bruising his ribs Oct. 1. Upon his return to action Sunday against the Rams, Perkins will be hard pressed to earn more than a few reps due to his own lacking performance (1.9 yards per carry through four games) and the breakout of Orleans Darkwa in his absence.

October 20, 2017 11:28 AM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Remains out this week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Perkins was able to practice on a limited basis this week, but he hasn't yet recovered to the point where he'll be ready for game action. With Perkins able to get some work in this week and the Giants on bye in Week 8 though, it seems likely he could return for the team's subsequent contest Nov. 5 against the Rams. Orleans Darkwa is the favorite to serve as the Giants' top running back this week, but Week 6 was the first time all season he led the New York backfield in snaps. As such, Shane Vereen and Wayne Gallman could both still be involved in some fashion Sunday.

October 19, 2017 05:40 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Limited Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins (ribs) was a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

According to Dan Duggan of, Perkins was just working out on the side during the portion of Thursday's practice made available to the media, but he apparently stepped up his involvement to some degree during the closed session. It's unclear how good of a chance Perkins truly has of playing Sunday against the Seahawks, but after struggling mightily in his four games prior to bruising his ribs, he'll likely be behind Orleans Darkwa and perhaps even Shane Vereen and Wayne Gallman in the pecking order at running back if he's able to suit up.

October 18, 2017 03:44 PM
Giants' Paul Perkins: Limited at practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Perkins (ribs) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

In his first practice since bruising his ribs in Week 4, Perkins managed to take part in individual drills, at the very least. The Giants will likely take a cautious approach with Perkins due to the emergence of Orleans Darkwa, who has racked up 29 carries for 186 yards and one touchdown during the former's two-game absence. Once healthy, it's unclear if Perkins will regain any type of significant role.

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