Giants’ Wayne Gallman has been relegated to third string

New York Giants, Wayne Gallman

The New York Giants’ running game is thought by many to be dead on arrival this year. The injury to star back Saquon Barkley has slowed them somewhat but the numbers aren’t too much off from last year when Barkley rushed for 1,307 yards. The Giants are currently ranked 26th in the NFL, averaging 93.8 yards per game. That’s quite a bit lower than they were last season when they were 24th and averaging 103.1 yards per but it seems like it should be more.

The backfield has taken on a new dynamic this season. Barkley missed three games with a high ankle sprain and hasn’t been able to crack the century mark since retuning to the lineup in Week 7.

His primary backup, Wayne Gallman, has been eclipsed on the depth chart by Javorius “Buck” Allen, who the Giants signed as a free agent in mid-October. Last week, Gallman was a healthy scratch against the Eagles.

“I know it’s a very tough situation for him I’m sure,” Giants running back coach Craig Johnson told reporters about Gallman on Friday. “As I told him, and I tell all my guys in my room, you’ll cheer for your teammate. I know that’s hard for him to do but we’re giving him a look, you just have to be ready to play. Any time you are not a starter you have to prepare yourself mentally and physically like you are a starter. When your opportunity comes get ready to play. You have to battle through that adversity.”

Allen, meanwhile, only touched the football once on Monday night in Philadelphia for a gain of four yards. Johnson explained why he jumped Gallman on the depth chart.

“He’s really done a good job on the practice field. I think he’s shown some good physical running, he’s very good in pass protection and he’s caught the ball well. Since he’s shown so much, we just want to give him a look, give him an opportunity to get out there and play and see what he can do. He’s done well with what he’s had so far. Obviously, the more chances he gets to touch the ball, he’ll get even more comfortable.”

So, what does Gallman have to do to get his spot back?

“I don’t know if he necessarily needs to do anything better,” said Johnson. ” I just think it’s more of Buck has been on our roster for a long time, he’s done a lot of good things and we are rewarding him with some playing time.”


New York Giants news, 10/14 – Injury update, new free agent signing

New York Giants, Saquon Barkley

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Regrouping and getting healthy is the priority for the New York Giants as their next game against the Arizona Cardinals is a week away. Enjoying nine rest days after losing to the New England Patriots 35-14 in a hard-fought battle will be essential, especially for numerous players fighting through injuries.

Star running back Saquon Barkley is expected to return at home against Arizona, and tight end Evan Engram could also find his way back to the field. With a sprained MCL, Engram’s return is questionable, and there’s no timetable for his return (day-by-day). Wide receiver Sterling Shepard is dealing with his second concussion of the year, which will force him out for at least the next two weeks. One more this season, and it could end his campaign prematurely.

The Giants moving forward into the middle of their schedule without several top playmakers will make coming back from a 2-4 start on the season stressful; however, it’s not impossible. The Cardinals will not be an easy team to beat, considering the emergence of Kyler Murray as of late.

The Giants signed a veteran running back:

After a terrible game against New England, rookie running back Jon Hilliman was released, and veteran Javorius Allen was signed. The former Baltimore Raven has plenty of experience as a starter and is a quality pass-catcher of the football.

Over four seasons, Allen earned 1,249 yards and a 3.7 yards per carry average. He also hauled in 129 receptions with a 76.3 percent catch rate. With backup Wayne Gallman out and Barkley, not a guaranteed starter next week, Allen will have a few days to learn the play-book and contribute in some fashion.


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New York Giants Drop Jon Hilliman To Pick Up Veteran Running Back

New York Giants, Daniel Jones, Jon Hilliman

The New York Giants tried winning with the running backs they had on their roster after Saquon Barkley’s injury in week three, but after Wayne Gallman also went down and missed the Thursday Night Football game with the Patriots, it soon became clear that the team needs outside help. The Giants didn’t look all that competitive with the Patriots outside of fleeting moments, and part of that had to do with the lack of a strong running game, as Hilliman ended up taking most of the snaps for New York.

The problem of the running game, however, is being addressed as the team has waived Hilliman only a day after the Patriots loss, choosing to replace him him with veteran Javorius Allen, who played four years with the Ravens before having an unsuccessful stint with the Saints that saw him get on the injured reserve list before being waived.

Allen, of course, comes into the job with much more experience than the rookie Hilliman. While Hilliman joined the Giants off the practice squad after going undrafted out of Rutgers, Allen already has 1,249 rushing yards in the NFL as well as 8 touchdowns. It’s not great numbers for a player that’s been around for five seasons at this point, but the Giants aren’t looking for a real solution, just a stopgap until Saquon Barkley returns.

Barkley’s recovery has been quick, even to the extent of being much quicker than expected, but the team hasn’t shown the will to rush Barkley back early. Despite getting back on the training field and preparing for both Minnesota and New England, Barkley wasn’t deemed ready for either game and there’s no definitive word yet on when Barkley is going to be back.

Until then, the Giants will just have to hope Allen and Elijhaa Penny are enough to handle the next game or two.