Perkins was a fifth-round pick by the Giants in 2016. He spent all of last season on IR. Perkins made the Giants’ 53-man roster, but saw no action and was waived Sept. 16. He was claimed by Detroit the next day, and has bounced between the team’s active roster and practice squad, appearing in one game without a carry.
Johnson is Detroit’s leading rusher with 308 yards on 92 carries, an average of just 3.3 yards per attempt.
Perkins joins Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard and Romeo Okwara as former Giants on Detroit’s active roster.