New York Giants decided to move on from running back Paul Perkins. Giants announced on Thursday that they have waived Perkins after the player suffered a non-football pectoral injury. Perkins was Week 1 starting running back for the Giants in 2017 season.
The #NYGiants have waived RB Paul Perkins.
— New York Giants (@Giants) May 10, 2018
New York Giants won’t feel Perkins’ absence too much since the team drafted Penn State’s running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Besides Barkley, the Giants also have Wayne Gallman and Jonathan Stewart as RBs on their roster.
According to ESPN’s reports, Paul Perkins suffered the injury prior to the start of the Giants’ offseason workout program and decided to undergo a surgery. These types of injuries take around six months to fully heal, so it may be unlikely for Perkins to play again in 2018.
Paul Perkins entered the NFL in 2016 when he was selected by the Giants with the 149th overall pick in that year’s NFL Draft. Although he was team’s fourth running back on the depth chart starting the 2016 season, Perkins managed to get more playing time and ended the regular season with 112 carries for 456 yards and added 15 receptions for 162 yards.
Before the start of 2017 regular season, Giants’ coach Ben McAdoo named Perkins the team’s starting running back. Perkins, however, didn’t have plenty to show, playing in 11 games and having 41 carries for 90 yards.