On Wednesday, Raanan said there was a "good chance" that Perkins would start against the Packers. He has out-carried Jennings 36-to-27 in the last two games, and has out-gained Jennings 170-to-96 in the same span. But it's unlikely that the Giants completely hand the RB1 job to a rookie in an elimination game against the Packers. Perkins is the better play this week, but Jennings is likely to stay involved.
New York Giants running back Shane Vereen was placed on injured reserve Tuesday for the second time this season with a triceps injury. This one ends his season.
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.
Giants RB Paul Perkins has shown that he can be an impact player, so it's time to take off the training wheels. With two games remaining in the regular season (and a likely playoff run), McAdoo needs to make Perkins the featured back.
Sunday's 17-6 win over the Lions should serve as the final piece of evidence that Perkins brings more to the offense than veteran Rashad Jennings. Perkins had 56 yards on 11 carries (5.1 ypc), while Jennings managed just 38 yards on 11 carries (2.1 ypc).
The story added those numbers only served to confirm the eye test. Although smaller, the 5-foot-10, 208-pound Perkins runs with more authority. He hits the hole, makes one cut and then has more elusiveness at the second level. There's evidence that Perkins' role could increase, the story also said, as Perkins and Jennings each played 25 offensive snaps on Sunday. That's the first time season that Perkins has matched Jennings' snap count in a game they both played. Jennings has played 54.2 percent of the snaps compared to 35.8 percent for Perkins since Week 7, when the backfield essentially became a two-man committee.