Wayne Gallman had the unenviable task of being the backup to Saquon Barkley with the New York Giants last season. This time around he faces competition for that role. Let’s take a closer look at Gallman as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp.
Position: Running back
How he got here
Gallman showed some promise in 2017 after being drafted in the fourth round. Backing up Orleans Darkwa he carried 111 times for 476 yards, 4.3 yards per carry. He also caught 34 passes.
Backing up for Barkley, though, was different.
Gallman got only 51 carries all season, gaining 176 yards (3.5 yards per attempt). He caught just 14 passes. His snaps played dropped 324 to 155.
Gallman faces competition for the role of caddy to Barkley. The Giants signed former Dallas Cowboys running back Rod Smith in free agency. Paul Perkins, the team’s 2016 fifth-round pick, is also back after a year spent on IR.
Can Gallman hold them off? He appears to be the multi-faceted type of back that coach Pat Shurmur likes as he is both a capable runner and receiver. He never really appeared to gain the full confidence of the Giants’ new coaching staff in 2018, though. We will see if that changes during the upcoming year.