Friday, October 13, 2017, 6:43pm
Friday, October 13, 2017, 10:36am
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 6:57pm
Giants RB Paul Perkins (ribs) missed practice again Thursday. He’s expected to miss Week 6. Orleans Darkwa is not on the injury report, so he’ll form a committee with Wayne Gallman and Shane Vereen. Both Darkwa and Gallman ran the ball well against the Chargers, but this week they face the Broncos.
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was quoted talking up all four of his running backs in Orleans Darkwa, Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen, and rookie Wayne Gallman. However, he didn't rule out riding the hot hand at running back.
"Every player has a role," McAdoo said. "They play their role going into game. If somebody gets hot, we'll ride him."
"We have very capable backs we have a lot of confidence in," McAdoo said. "Perkins is obviously nicked up. He's a good back. We still believe in him, have a lot of confidence in him. You saw the energy that Gallman brought to the game. Orleans is a guy we can throw in and be a big, productive runner for us. And Shane [Vereen] is going to play his role."
Giants running backs have been a nightmare for fantasy owners this season, with Gallman's 11 carries and 42 rushing yards in Week 4 both being season highs. The team has averaged a putrid 59.2 rushing yards per game this season, and until the team sticks to just one running back, you'll want to avoid this backfield.
Friday, September 29, 2017, 6:52pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6:53pm
Giants RB Shane Vereen (calf) missed practice again Thursday. Vereen looks iffy for Week 4. With Orleans Darkwa also missing practice, Paul Perkins could see a large workload or the Giants could elect to work rookie Wayne Gallman into the mix.
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6:53pm
Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:17pm
The Giants’ re-signing of Orleans Darkwa to a modest one-year deal this spring was a blip on the radar compared to the splashes Jerry Reese made with Brandon Marshall’s free-agent acquisition and a blockbuster contract extension for Jason Pierre-Paul.
But Darkwa, 25, now is splitting first-team reps with presumed starting running back Paul Perkins and seeing even more work than usual with Shane Vereen hobbled and unavailable. And with Rashad Jennings gone and veteran Shaun Draughn (foot) also not practicing, Darkwa quietly seems to be challenging for a feature role.
“I’ve said this for years now: At the end of the day, my mentality is to want to be the starter on this team and be an impact player on the offense,” Darkwa said after Thursday’s practice. “That’s not gonna change. That chip on the shoulder is not gonna go anywhere. So I’ve just got to prepare myself like that and keep getting better.”
Darkwa, a fan favorite the Giants signed off Miami’s practice squad in 2014, has shown flashes of production as a runner in the two-and-a-half seasons and 33 regular season appearances.
He has averaged 4.01 yards on 71 carries as a Giant (285 yards) and scored four touchdowns. That included 10 carries, 53 yards and a TD in Week 3 against Washington last season, and 12 carries, 48 yards and the Giants’ lone TD in Week 4 in Minnesota.
Giants RB Shane Vereen admitted this spring that he was a little too eager and rushed back too soon. This time around, he and the training staff are taking their time so Vereen can be ready for Week 1, which is the first priority.
Vereen was a regular attendee in the Giants’ offseason workout program, but the team limited his workload.
“[The process] was long,” Vereen said. “It wasn’t the easiest, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get back. And this team is important to me, so I was willing to do anything to get back.”
Vereen added: “I’m feeling good. I’m just blessed to be back out. I’m happy to be back out with the guys and working towards the same goal. … It’s weird being the older guy, but I’m enjoying it. I’m trying to get everybody onboard and be the leader that the room needs.”
Related players: Paul Perkins
Vereen tore his triceps twice last year, in Week 3 and again in Week 15. He returns as the team's most experienced running back, with Paul Perkins the starter. The Giants also took steps to improve the O-line as the team was just 30th in yards per carry last year at 3.5. Vereen should resume his normal third down, pass-catching role and be a useful PPR fantasy option.
James White has won over Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and Co., with his steadiness and continued improvement, elevating from a player who was inactive in Super Bowl XLIX to becoming unquestionably the Patriots' go-to guy in the all-important "passing back" role. White played 30 snaps as a rookie in 2014; upped it to 290 in 2015; and played 425 last season.
As for 2017, White is one of three running backs who are considered locks to make the roster based on contract status, along with Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead. Lewis is also likely to be there, while second-year man D.J. Foster has also shown promise.
White has now seized the spot with authority.
Coming off of an injury, Lewis played in 10 games last year, including the playoffs, and averaged 11.1 touches (8.9 carries, 2.2 catches) for 49 yards and 0.2 touchdowns, or 8.3 PPR fantasy points per game. He averaged 17.5 PPG in seven games in 2015, so his role was clearly reduced last year. White's role in the running game is minimal -- what's important is his role in the passing game after Lewis returned. In nine games without Lewis, White averaged 3.7 catches for 32 yards and 0.33 TD per game. After Lewis returned, White averaged 3.4 catches for 32 yards and 0.33 TD in the nine games leading up to the Super Bowl, so it appears that his passing down role remained mostly unchanged after Lewis returned. Of course, White had a huge performance in the Super Bowl, turning 20 touches (14 catches) into 139 yards and three touchdowns, and it appears that he's now entrenched as the passing down back. The Patriots don't seem inclined to give him as many carries as they would Lewis, though his 4.3 YPC in 2016 was an improvement. White is currently the 50th RB off the board in early MFL10s (PPR drafts), and he's a fantastic value in that format if this report that he has "seized" the passing down role is true. There’s always the chance that the Patriots turn back to Lewis if White gets a case of fumble-itis, but White should have enough leash to overcome a turnover or two.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm
Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib also landed on IR with an elbow injury.
Vereen, 27, had his season derailed by the triceps he originally tore in his left arm during a Week 3 loss to the Eagles. He was placed on IR and later activated prior to a Week 14 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. He left that game early with a concussion but returned for Sunday's win over the Detroit Lions.
Vereen could be seen with his left arm dangling after he lunged for a fourth-quarter pass against the Lions. He also fumbled earlier in the contest near the goal line after being sandwiched by a pair of Lions defenders near the goal line. Bobby Rainey should see time as the team's pass catching back. Paul Perkins is trending up and split carries with Rashad Jennings last week, the first time the two split the workload. They should continue to see the bulk of the workload running the ball.
Coach Ben McAdoo disclosed Monday evening that third-down back Shane Vereen reinjured his triceps in his second game back after tearing the muscle in the third week of the season and having surgery.
"It's unfortunate," the rookie coach said. "He worked his tail off to get back to where he was, and I am disappointed for Shane."
Related players: Bobby Rainey
McAdoo did not know if Vereen would require surgery again, and he was not willing to say the six-year veteran would miss the rest of the season. Bobby Rainey seems likely to move into the third down, pass-catching role if Vereen is unable to play at any point.
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