Gallman finds himself in a New York backfield that added No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley after signing 31-year-old Jonathan Stewart in March, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official website reports.
The Giants do at least seem to have moved on from Orleans Darkwa, their leading rusher from last season. A 2017 fourth-round pick, Gallman finished his rookie season with 111 carries for 476 yards (4.3 average) and 34 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown on 48 targets (4.0 per target) in 13 games. Despite a strong showing late in the season, Gallman could enter the 2018 campaign with a minimal role, likely competing against Stewart for Barkley's scraps. The rookie's draft position and talent point strongly in the direction of immediate high usage, with his role likely including the majority of pass-catching work.
Gallman recently took part in the Manning passing camp at Duke University, Pat Leonard of the Daily News reports.
The Manning camp is an annual tradition, one that gives Giants skill-position players an opportunity to work with their quarterback before the start of the team's offseason program. Gallman topped out at 24 receptions in his three seasons at Clemson, but he unexpectedly caught 34 balls in 13 games last season, albeit with inefficient marks of 5.7 yards per reception and 4.0 per target. The Giants haven't re-signed Orleans Darkwa or Shane Vereen, instead adding 31-year-old Jonathan Stewart, who caught only 16 passes in 28 games the past two seasons in Carolina. The current roster hints at Stewart and Gallman working in a committee, though it won't come as any surprise if the Giants use an early draft pick on a running back. A fourth-round pick last year, Gallman averaged 4.3 yards on 111 carries as a rookie, despite playing behind a shaky offensive line.
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.
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