Perkins spent most of his rookie season backing up veteran Rashad Jennings before finally taking over as the starter in Week 17. With Jennings released this offseason, Perkins enters the season as the Giants' unquestioned No. 1 back.
In an uncharacteristic move, Giants coach Ben McAdoo named Perkins the starting running back this spring. That's a strong indication of how much the 5-foot-10, 208-pounder is valued. As long as Perkins proves that he can handle the increased responsibility, he should be the team's top running back all season, the story said.