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Derailed? Wayne Train can still find a track to contribute to Giants

What role will Wayne Gallman play for Giants this season?

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The Wayne Train has been shoved rudely off the tracks by the shiny, new Saquon Barkley running back model. That doesn’t mean Wayne Gallman can’t find a role on the New York Giants in 2018.

Let’s take a closer look at Gallman as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.

2017 season in review

A fourth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Gallman had a respectable rookie season. He finished second on the team in rushing attempts (111), yards (476), yards per carry (4.3), yards rushing per game (36) and pass receptions by a running back (34).

2018 outlook

Gallman will play second fiddle to Barkley. Maybe third fiddle, depending upon the role the Giants give to veteran Jonathan Stewart.

That doesn’t mean there won’t be opportunities for Gallman. Barkley, despite his talent, status as the No. 2 overall pick, and massive quads, can’t play every snap or take every touch by a back.

Gallman is the kind of back head coach Pat Shurmur seems to prefer — one who can both run and catch. How much playing time he gets is to be determined, but Gallman isn’t a bad caddie for Barkley. Not a bad caddie at all.