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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants running back carousel goes round and round. It never seems to stop. It goes through backs at an alarming rate, without any making a substantial impact.

It has been five years since any Giants running back topped 1,000 yards. Ahmad Bradshaw was the last to do it in 2012. (Note: An average of 12 running backs top 1K yards over the past five years.) Since then, the Giants have started Andre Brown, Peyton Hillis, Brandon Jacobs (in his second time around), David Wilson, Michael Cox, Andre Williams, Rashad Jennings, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen and Paul Perkins.

Rookie Wayne Gallman could be next. He’s the latest addition to perhaps the most unpredictable running back rotation in the league.

Gallman had 11 carries for 43 yards in his first career game on Sunday in Tampa Bay. That workload was the result of Perkins suffering a rib injury in the second half and Darkwa being inactive after being slowed by a back problem.

The state of the Giants running game is scary. They’re 31st in the NFL, averaging 59.3 yards per game, and no Giants running back has topped 11 carries in a contest this season. That was Gallman on Sunday. It’s not a desirable way for a running back or fantasy owner to live.

So where do the Giants go from here, beginning Sunday when they host the Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium? The running back picture is again loaded with uncertainty. Nothing appears set.

“We have very capable backs we have a lot of confidence in,” coach Ben McAdoo said. “Perkins is obviously nicked up. He’s a good back. We still believe in him, have a lot of confidence in him. You saw the energy that Gallman brought to the game. Orleans is a guy we can throw in and be a big, productive runner for us. And Shane is going to play his role.”

It’s difficult for a running back to play with a rib injury. There is a distinct possibility that Perkins, who was limited at practice on Wednesday, will be held out of Sunday’s games. That leaves Gallman and Darkwa (for now) as the primary ball carriers with Vereen remaining the passing-down back.

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The New York Giants are a class-act franchise with an offensive superstar, defensive superstar, veteran two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback and more. However, the Giants still have quite a few holes in their roster to compete with the best of the best in today’s National Football League. Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. have a good thing going with the passing game, but with an inconsistent running game, this makes the offense very predictable. Fans have been begging for a new approach as oppose to the current running back method being used by the Giants.

The Giants have been attempting to use around three to four different running backs a game and whoever has the hottest hand will get the most carries/play the most. Also known as the “running back by committee” approach. This has failed to work for the Giants as they have been ranked very low in rushing the last few years. Fans have been begging for an offseaon move to be made and they had their prayers answered just not exactly the way they asked for.

Top notch wide receiver and veteran Brandon Marshall signed a two-year $12 million contract with the Giants. Sure, this will give defenses hell with Odell already on the team, but how will they diversify the play calling with only a pass game?

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May 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants rookie running back Wayne Gallman (30) during press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center . Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

The dead period leading up to NFL training camps presents an opportunity for media experts around the country to compile lists, rankings and hand out awards. True to form, that’s exactly what we’ve seen here in 2017.

Earlier this week, Pro Football Focus named safety Andrew Adams the New York Giants’ “secret superstar.” Now, in a similar but different list, Bleacher Report has named rookie running back Wayne Gallman the team’s “secret weapon.”

The New York Giants’ rushing offense needed a firm punch to the gut. The Giants averaged only 3.5 yards per carry in 2016 (30th), and the emptiness in their backfield often put too much pressure on 36-year-old quarterback Eli Manning.

General manager Jerry Reese has gone with a two-fold solution. First, he hopes Paul Perkins continues to develop after flashing at times in 2016. Those flashes were fleeting, though it was encouraging when Perkins averaged 4.8 yards per carry over the final three games.

If Perkins stumbles, Wayne Gallman could emerge as his safety net on early downs, which is why Reese selected him in the fourth round. Gallman may not have exceptional speed after running the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds. But he runs with fury and powers through tackles. His 153 forced missed tackles from 2014 through 2016 were the fifth-most in the 2017 draft class, per PFF.

Gallman accelerates fast to eliminate angles, which often makes up for any top-end speed he lacks. The 6’0″ and 215-pound Clemson product piled up 3,025 yards from scrimmage over the final two years of his college career.

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