The fourth running back role on the New York Giants does not appear to be a glorious one. But, unless the Giants want to gamble on carrying only three, someone has to fill it. Lets’s look at Jalen Simmons, one of the candidates to do that, as we continue our look at the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.
Position: Running back
Experience: 2 (all as a practice squad player)
2017 season in review
Spent the season bouncing on and off the Carolina Panthers practice squad. Finished the final week of the season the practice squad of the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Giants appear set with Saquon Barkley, Wayne Gallman and Jonathan Stewart as their top three running backs. Simmons would appear to be in competition with undrafted free agent rookie Robert Martin (Rutgers) and perhaps fullback Shane Smith to be No. 4 on the depth chart.
Simmons averaged 4.7 yards on 555 carries during four years at South Carolina State. He also caught 20 passes. He went undrafted and made the Carolina practice squad following a rookie mini-camp tryout. During the 2017 preseason, Simmons carried 31 times for 104 yards (3.4 yards per carry) and also caught 7 passes.
GM Dave Gettleman, who originally signed Simmons in Carolina, liked him enough to give him a chance with the Giants. We will have to wait and see if Simmons can take advantage of it.