Paul Perkins
Paul Perkins
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Detroit Lions
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ostensibly in the Saquon Barkley backup mix, Perkins is hanging on in New York by a thread after he had only 2.2 YPC in 2017 and then missed all of 2018 with a pectoral injury. He's in the last year of his rookie contract and will need to battle for a spot on the 53-man roster, though he reportedly worked ahead of Wayne Gallman and Rod Smith during part of the Giants' offseason program. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Lions in October of 2019.
Added back to Detroit's roster
RBDetroit Lions
October 23, 2019
The Lions promoted Perkins from the practice squad to the active roster Wednesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Perkins was waived by the Lions just under a week ago but will rejoin the team following the placement of Kerryon Johnson (knee) on injured reserve. The 2016 fifth-round pick will provide depth behind Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic going forward.
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Giants pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Sunday, Oct 27th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
94.0
 
Cornerbacks
93.7
 
Safeties
105.9
 
Linebackers
75.8
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Paul Perkins' measurables compare to other running backs?
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Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
213 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
 
Broad Jump
124 in
 
Bench Press
19 reps
 
Hand Length
9.00 in
 
Arm Length
31.63 in
 
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57 days ago
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June 19, 2018
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December 5, 2017
Juan Carlos Blanco looks at whose fortunes are changing heading into Week 14 and couldn't help but be impressed by Josh Gordon's performance after his unprecented layoff.
Week 13 Reactions: The Decisions We Don't Make
December 3, 2017
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
Perkins (pectoral) cleared waivers in May, reverting to the Giants reserve/non-football injury list in the process. He'll compete for a roster spot next season.
The 2016 fifth-round pick didn't see his first snap on offense until Week 4, but by the end of the season Perkins had assumed the top spot on the Giants' depth chart, rushing for 271 yards over the final four games, including a 21-carry, 102- yard performance in Week 17 against Washington. At 5-10, 208, he's a little undersized to be a feature back and doesn't run with enough power to be effective in a short-yardage role, making last year's zero rushing TDs perhaps a sign of things to come. Perkins does, however, possess outstanding vision and elusiveness, and his ability to cut on a dime can leave would-be tacklers looking foolish. Although he caught 80 passes in three seasons for UCLA, the Giants didn't involve Perkins in their passing game much during his rookie season, leaving those chores to Shane Vereen and creating some upside potential in Perkins' numbers if he can earn Eli Manning's trust as a receiving option. The Giants did add 2017 fourth-round pick Wayne Gallman and former 49er Shaun Draughn, but if Perkins can retain the bulk of the early-down touches while adding to his workload in pass-catching situations, he's capable of putting together a breakout season.
Not long ago, any running back taken in the fifth round of the draft would be seen as a longshot to make the team, let alone accrue fantasy value, but the shifting scale of NFL priorities forces us to recalibrate the scale. The Giants backfield is crowded with several options, but nobody in front of Perkins is an unmovable behemoth; Rashad Jennings turned 31 in the spring and Shane Vereen doesn't have a history of playing in all packages. Perkins averaged 5.6 yards per rush as a collegian, along with a 9.2 average on 80 receptions. He might not be thick enough to project as a true featured back down the line, but his versatility and elusiveness could allow him to win a sizable share of the backfield work at some point this year.
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Lands on Detroit's practice squad
RBFree Agent
October 19, 2019
Perkins signed with the Lions' practice squad Saturday.
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Waived by Detroit
RBFree Agent
October 17, 2019
The Lions waived Perkins on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
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Won't play Sunday
RBDetroit Lions
Coach's Decision
September 29, 2019
Perkins (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Chiefs.
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No-go Sunday
RBDetroit Lions
Coach's Decision
September 22, 2019
Perkins (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.
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Claimed off waivers
RBDetroit Lions
September 17, 2019
The Lions claimed Perkins off waivers from the Giants on Tuesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
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