Paul Perkins
Paul Perkins
25-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Ostensibly in the Saquon Barkley backup mix, Perkins is hanging on in New York by a thread after he had only 2.2 YPC in 2017 and then missed all of 2018 with a pectoral injury. He's in the last year of his rookie contract and will need to battle for a spot on the 53-man roster, though he reportedly worked ahead of Wayne Gallman and Rod Smith during part of the Giants' offseason program. Read Past Outlooks
$Released by the Lions in November of 2019.
Hits Jaguars' practice squad
RBFree Agent
December 3, 2019
The Jaguars signed Perkins to the practice squad Tuesday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.
ANALYSIS
Perkins appeared in four games with the Lions earlier this season, racking up 29 yards on 12 carries while catching his only target for nine yards. He'll wait in the wings for a depth opportunity to open up in Jacksonville's backfield.
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How do Paul Perkins' 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
8.3%
 
Positive Run %
83.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
31.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
0.8
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
3.3
 
% Snaps w/Touch
54.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-0.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.08
 
% Team Air Yards
-0.0%
 
% Team Targets
0.2%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-2.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
100.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
11.0
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Paul Perkins' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
213 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.54 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
 
Broad Jump
124 in
 
Bench Press
19 reps
 
Hand Length
9.00 in
 
Arm Length
31.63 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Perkins (pectoral) cleared waivers in May, reverting to the Giants reserve/non-football injury list in the process. He'll compete for a roster spot next season.
The 2016 fifth-round pick didn't see his first snap on offense until Week 4, but by the end of the season Perkins had assumed the top spot on the Giants' depth chart, rushing for 271 yards over the final four games, including a 21-carry, 102- yard performance in Week 17 against Washington. At 5-10, 208, he's a little undersized to be a feature back and doesn't run with enough power to be effective in a short-yardage role, making last year's zero rushing TDs perhaps a sign of things to come. Perkins does, however, possess outstanding vision and elusiveness, and his ability to cut on a dime can leave would-be tacklers looking foolish. Although he caught 80 passes in three seasons for UCLA, the Giants didn't involve Perkins in their passing game much during his rookie season, leaving those chores to Shane Vereen and creating some upside potential in Perkins' numbers if he can earn Eli Manning's trust as a receiving option. The Giants did add 2017 fourth-round pick Wayne Gallman and former 49er Shaun Draughn, but if Perkins can retain the bulk of the early-down touches while adding to his workload in pass-catching situations, he's capable of putting together a breakout season.
Not long ago, any running back taken in the fifth round of the draft would be seen as a longshot to make the team, let alone accrue fantasy value, but the shifting scale of NFL priorities forces us to recalibrate the scale. The Giants backfield is crowded with several options, but nobody in front of Perkins is an unmovable behemoth; Rashad Jennings turned 31 in the spring and Shane Vereen doesn't have a history of playing in all packages. Perkins averaged 5.6 yards per rush as a collegian, along with a 9.2 average on 80 receptions. He might not be thick enough to project as a true featured back down the line, but his versatility and elusiveness could allow him to win a sizable share of the backfield work at some point this year.
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Waived again
RBFree Agent
November 16, 2019
Perkins was waived by the Lions on Saturday.
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Season high in carries
RBDetroit Lions
November 11, 2019
Perkins carried seven times for nine yards while securing his only target for nine yards during Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Bears.
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Pops for 13-yard gain
RBDetroit Lions
November 4, 2019
Perkins carried three times for 16 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Oakland.
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Signed off practice squad
RBDetroit Lions
November 2, 2019
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Rejoins Detroit's practice squad
RBFree Agent
November 1, 2019
The Lions signed Perkins to the practice squad Friday.
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