Paul Perkins
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New York Giants running back Paul Perkins still believes in himself after coming off a year-long injured reserve placement.

It’s safe to say that it’s been a strange career for New York Giants running back Paul Perkins. He went from a rookie backup to former Giants running back Rashad Jennings, to a starter heading into year No. 2, to landing on season-ending injured reserve and missing the entirety of the 2018 season.

Many fans may have even been surprised that Perkins is still on the roster. But, he is, and he’ll ultimately be competing for a reserve running back spot. And even though his career has seen mostly negatives up to this point, the former UCLA Bruin still believes in what he can bring to the table.

“I feel like I can still do it,” Perkins said, per Zach Braziller of the New York Post. “I’m not old or anything. Going out there [on Friday against the Chicago Bears] reminded me I can still play football at a high level. I still have a lot to learn, I’m still a student of the game, so that’s encouraging.”

Perkins put up some promising statistics in the Giants’ second preseason game against the Bears. He rushed for 35 yards on six carries (5.8 yards-per-carry) and caught two passes for 30 yards.

Of course, if he makes the final 53-man roster, he’ll get nowhere near the type of playing time that Saquon Barkley does. However, Perkins could be a good pass-catching back in certain situations as well as a reliable weapon on special teams.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.