The once-perceived operating again of the long run for the New York Giants has earned yet one more probability to re-energize his previously promising NFL profession.
The Indianapolis Colts introduced on Thursday that they’ve signed operating again Paul Perkins to their observe squad. The 25-year-old, 5-foot-11, 208 pound Perkins has appeared in 29 profession video games since getting into the NFL as a fifth-round choose with the Giants again in 2016.
Perkins’ most up-to-date recreation motion got here a season in the past when he appeared in 4 video games with the Detroit Lions, dashing 12 occasions for 29 yards and including 9 yards by means of the air on one reception. The Lions would go on to waive Perkins come mid-November. He would go on to have stints on the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens’ observe squads.
In complete, the previous second-team All-Pac-12 choice has totaled 65 carries for 575 yards, to go together with 24 receptions for 217 yards. He additionally drew the beginning within the Giants’ most up-to-date playoff look, a 38-13 loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers within the 2016 Wildcard spherical. Perkins completed that recreation with 57 complete yards on 13 mixed touches.
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Perkins’ Disappointing Run in NY
The 159th-overall choice out of UCLA in 2016, Perkins arrived in New York with fairly lofty expectations for a fifth-round choose. Perkins closed out his four-year run in Los Angeles with back-to-back 1,343-plus yard dashing campaigns, including 80 profession receptions to his resume for good measure. Many believed the versatile expertise had what it took to rejuvenate a sluggish run offense that had ranked inside the bottom-10 within the NFL on common over the earlier three years.
After beginning his rookie season buried on the depth chart behind the likes of Rashad Jennings, Bobby Rainey and Orleans Darkwa, Perkins began to make waves in the direction of the latter finish of the yr. He would go on to common no fewer than 4.86 ypc in every of Huge Blue’s last 4 video games of 2016, together with a 102-yard efficiency within the season finale, a mark that to at the present time stays a career-high.
Perkins’ stellar play was sufficient to catapult him up the depth chart, as then-head coach Ben McAdoo named him the staff’s beginning operating again in Might of 2017. Sadly, Perkins’ grip maintain on the job didn’t final very lengthy. He began the primary 4 video games of the season, averaging a meager 15.25 ypg. He would shortly go on to be supplanted by fan-favorite Orleans Darkwa and then-rookie Wayne Gallman, primarily ending his run in New York.