The New York Giants running game struggled last season to help the offense take the next step. This year, with Paul Perkins leading the way, New York is excited to see what the run game can turn into. Perkins is confident going into the Giants last preseason game.
“Yeah. I mean, it’s just only a matter of time,” Perkins said. “We’re just making steps in the right direction, continuing to progress and I think we’ll be in our stride for the regular season. We have high expectations for ourselves. So, I mean, if we keep a high ceiling like that, it could take all year. We want to be the best, so just continue to progress and learn from our mistakes.”
Perkins ran for 456 yards on 112 carries last season, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. He hopes to get more of a opportunity in the backfield and be the Giants workhorse this season.
“It’s awesome,” Perkins said. “This is what we’ve been playing for. Just blessed to be in this position. So, I’m looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity.”
The Giants were 29th in the NFL in rushing offense last season. That doesn't scare Perkins, who thinks New York’s run game can break out this season.
“Yeah,” Perkins said. “I mean, it’s just only a matter of time. We’re just making steps in the right direction, continuing to progress and I think we’ll be in our stride for the regular season.”
With a huge week one game against the Dallas Cowboys, it could be easy for players to start look at that game, but Perkins is focused on the Patriots and the last preseason game.
“Honestly, I’m not even thinking about Dallas right now,” Perkins said. “It’s more focused on New England and week-by-week for me.”
You can get a look at the Giants new and improved backfield on Thursday, as they take on the New England Patriots in their final preseason game.