Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants running back Paul Perkins (28) carries the ball as Washington Redskins safety Will Blackmon (41) prepares to make the tackler in the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

2. Paul Perkins

Over the past month, Paul Perkins as emerged as the Giants most productive running back, and after his performance against the Redskins will likely be the starter in the playoffs.

He became the only Giants running back to rush for 100 yards this season as he ran the ball 21 times for 102 yards. Redskins defenders had difficulties all game trying to stop Perkins quick and powerful running style.

Sunday was the third game in a row in which he’s averaged at least 4.5 yards per game. In addition to his running, Perkins has gotten better at his pass protection as the Giants confidence in him has grown.

When general manager Jerry Reese drafted Perkins in the fifth last year’s draft, he believed Perkins would be the Giants running back of the future. Reese was right in his assessment of Perkins as the Giants will rely on him during the playoffs.


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Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.