For the longest time, one of the main reasons Rashad Jennings maintained his starting gig over Paul Perkins was because of his ability to pass block.
But that had more to do with Jennings and his ability than what Perkins couldn’t provide for the New York Giants.
According to Pro Football Focus, Jennings had the third-best pass blocking grade among running backs last season.
So, you can understand why the team may have stuck with Jennings a little longer than they probably should have.
But PFF also states that in 31 snaps as a pass blocker last season, Perkins allowed only one quarterback pressure.
Giants RB Paul Perkins allowed only one QB pressure on 31 pass blocking snaps last season. Likely headed for a bigger role in 2017. pic.twitter.com/EswBYkpVk0
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 10, 2017
On top of that impressive number, the rookie running back also averaged 4.1 yards per carry behind a less than ideal offensive line.
Because of those two impressive stats, the organization has decided that they are going to roll with Perkins as their starter, according to head coach Ben McAdoo.
The organization also drafted Wayne Gallman, but he’ll likely serve as the “bruiser” they’ve needed for years.
And that also doesn’t include Shane Vereen, who is the team’s best pass-catcher out of the backfield, and a damn good pass blocker himself.
New York was 29th in rushing last season, which is clearly a category they’d like to improve on with this current group.