Gallman had two carries for six yards and caught all three of his targets for 17 yards Sunday against the Saints.
Gallman is the clear backup to Saquon Barkley now that Jonathan Stewart is on IR, and Gallman will be the change of pace option on the rare occasion Barkley needs a breather.
Gallman rushed one time for two yards and caught one pass for 11 yards in Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Cowboys.
While Gallman appears to be the clear No. 2 in the backfield behind Saquon Barkley, there doesn't appear to be much work available given the rookie's heavy usage Sunday night. Barkley not only rushed the ball 11 times for 28 yards, but he was also targeted 16 times in the passing game and posted a team-high 14 receptions. An expanded opportunity would likely only come for Gallman should Barkley suffer an injury.
Gallman had extended opportunity to make his case for the No. 2 running back role with Saquon Barkley (hamstring) and Jalen Simmons (concussion) both sidelined and Jonathan Stewart -- his primary competition for the job -- losing seven yards and a key fumble inside the Jets' 10-yard line on three carries. The second-year back couldn't get much going on the ground, but he flashed sure hands for the third straight preseason contest. Given that he appears to offer more as both a rusher and receiver than Stewart at this point in their respective careers, Gallman continues trending in the right direction with respect to opening the season as Barkley's primary backup.
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.
|7||10/22/18||@ ATL||8:15 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/18||@ SF||8:15 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|2017||New York Giants||13||1||111||476||4.3||24||0||2||19|
|2018||New York Giants||6||1||14||49||3.5||9||0||0||1|
|2017||New York Giants||13||1||34||193||5.7||11||1||0||0||8|
|2018||New York Giants||6||1||8||62||7.8||18||0||0||0||4|
|2017||New York Giants||13||5||5.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||New York Giants||6||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2017||New York Giants||13||3||1||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|2018||New York Giants||6||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|