The New York Giants were among the worst in the league in rushing last season.
They finished No. 29 on the ground with 88.2 yards per game. That ranking drops to No. 30 when looking at average yards per rush (3.5).
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New York is loaded with playmakers in the passing game, so it doesn't have to be elite on the ground. But if the Giants plan to overcome the Cowboys and the rest of the NFC East, they need to be more efficient running.
That's why they cut ties with leading rusher Rashad Jennings and his 3.3 yards-per-carry average.
The starting job is open, and market-setting offshore sportsbook BookMaker.eu has set odds for which back will get the nod:
Paul Perkins -180 (Risk $180 to win $100)
Wayne Gallman +125 (Risk $100 to win $125)
Shane Vereen +250
Orleans Darkwa +500
Shaun Draughn +1500
Perkins, a second-year pro out of UCLA, is the odds-on favorite after he took on the lead role late last season.
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With Vereen slated to be the third-down back, Gallman and Darkwa are interesting options to consider. Gallman is a versatile rookie out of Clemson who accounted for 30 touchdowns over the past two years.
Darkwa, a 50-to-1 long shot, is getting "extensive" first-team work at mini-camp, according to a report that came out Wednesday.
He's the early darkhorse to watch and a big upset special we're calling considering how much of a favorite Perkins is (-180). With no proven back in the mix, it could be anybody's job. Watch out for Darkwa!