Gallman carried 15 times for 89 yards during Sunday's 18-10 win over the Redskins.
Gallman received the largest rushing workload of his young career and responded by comfortably notching a new personal best in yardage on the ground. He was curiously uninvolved in the passing game -- he was targeted just once after racking up 19 catches over the last three weeks -- but that can largely be attributed to the Giants playing with a lead for much of the game. With Orleans Darkway set to hit the free agent market, Gallman could enter next season as the top backfield option in Gotham. However, due to plenty of uncertainty under center and along the offensive line, it remains to be seen how valuable that role would actually be from a fantasy perspective.
Gallman ran for 39 yards on eight carries and added 40 yards on six catches during Sunday's 34-29 loss to Philadelphia.
Gallman has now topped 75 total yards in back-to-back games after just once such outing in his previous nine contests of the season. The rookie was a dynamo for Clemson last season and figures to continue to get plenty of looks as the season comes to an end and the Giants look to 2018. He gets a tough matchup in Week 16 against a stingy Arizona front before a favorable finale against Washington's bottom-10 run defense.
Gallman could see an increased role in the Giants' game plan over their final three contests of the season, beginning with Sunday's game against the Eagles, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports. "You see things that [Gallman] does with the ball in his hands in the open field, he can catch the ball well, he's got speed to the edge," Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. "The more we can continue to give him opportunities, he's going to continue to get those chances, both in pass protection and maybe get him in on third down."
While Sullivan didn't explicitly say that Gallman would be deployed as the Giants' feature back at any point down the stretch, the rookie made a compelling case to cut into Orleans Darkwa's role by producing a career-high 99 yards from scrimmage during the Week 14 loss to the Cowboys. Gallman logged 37 snaps in that contest to Darkwa's 19, with the latter doing little to help his case for continued work by finishing with under three yards per carry for the third consecutive contest. Moreover, Gallman is under contract for three more years beyond 2017 while Darkwa is bound for free agency this offseason, giving the 2-11 Giants even more incentive to see what Gallman is capable of doing in an expanded role.
Gallman carried 12 times for 59 yards and caught seven of nine targets for an additional 40 yards in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Cowboys.
Gallman led the team in touches and averaged a solid 4.9 yards per carry, compared to just 2.9 for fellow back Orleans Darkwa. He also set career highs in targets, receptions and receiving yardage while serving as the passing down back after the team got behind on the scoreboard. Gallman was one of the lone bright spots on the day for a Giants team mired in turmoil at the moment, meaning he could maintain a sizable share of the backfield workload next week against the Eagles.
Gallman (hip) doesn't carry an injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Cowboys.
Gallman wasn't anything more than a limited participant in practice throughout the week, but the health of his hip apparently wasn't enough of a concern for the Giants to label him questionable for the Week 14 matchup. Starting running back Orleans Darkwa (illness) was deemed questionable, but is expected to play against Dallas, leaving Gallman in line for the usual change-of-pace role he's handled in recent weeks.
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