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It’s rare for a fifth-round pick to become a household name early in his career, but Paul Perkins lands in an ideal situation with the New York Giants.
The Giants depth chart is full at running back, but incumbent starter Rashad Jennings does not have a stranglehold on the job.
Perkins will likely be given a fair shot to earn carries early in the season, competing with Jennings, Andre Williams and Shane Vereen.
Jennings led the way with 195 carries a season ago, but at 31 years of age, expectations for Jennings are limited at this stage of his career.
Even if Perkins doesn’t win the job immediately, it’s unlikely anyone ahead of him on the depth chart will hold down the job for all 16 games, meaning it’s only a matter of time before Perkins gets his shot.
The Giants primarily use Williams in short-yardage situations and Vereen as a third-down back. Perkins has the balanced skill set to take the starting job from Jennings when the time comes.