Wayne Gallman is the New York Giants’ leading rusher this preseason, with 22 carries for 76 yards, an average of 3.5 yards per carry. Most of the rookie fourth-round pick’s work, though, has come in the late stages of the Giants’ three preseason games.
That’s an adjustment for a player who was the workhorse back for the national champion Clemson Tigers the past two seasons. Gallman carried 514 times for 2,647 yards over the past two seasons.
“I can only tell you it is pushing me to go out and practice harder, go out and play harder and prove myself,” Gallman said on Tuesday. “I am very impatient, but I am learning to be patient and know that when the time comes, I have to take my chance.”
Gallman is getting encouragement in the patience department from starting running back Paul Perkins, who was used little at the start of 2016 only to emerge as the team’s lead back by season’s end.
“Perk had to be patient a lot last year,” Gallman said. “He was telling me I am in a better position than he was, but it’s all about patience, just learning and doing the best I can on special teams, and just taking each and every day like I am a pro.”
Travis Rudolph Near Completing “Amazing Ride”
Undrafted free agent wide receiver Travis Rudolph will find out in a few days if he has done enough to make the Giants’ 53-man roster. Rudolph’s story is well-known, from the viral video of him having lunch with an autistic 11-year-old to the accidental shooting death of his father less than two weeks before he signed with the Giants.
“It is an amazing ride, just to think about all that stuff that led up to everything,” he said. “Just to be here now, it just shows how strong I am and I know I can get through anything with what I dealt with, with my father passing away right before the draft.”
Rudolph has made a strong case during the preseason, and his 57-yard catch-and-run Saturday vs. the New York Jets was the play of the preseason thus far. He gets one more opportunity Thursday vs. the New England Patriots.
“It’s just the standard I hold myself to,” he said. “Coming into high school, I wanted to be one of the top guys. I made varsity my freshman year, had 18 touchdowns. Freshman year of college, I just pressed the same thing. I wanted to start. Then six games I ended up starting. It’s just the same thing here. Just trying to make the team and contribute.”
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