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Ben McAdoo says Paul Perkins is the Giants’ starting running back

Wild Card Round - New York Giants v Green Bay Packers

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 8: Paul Perkins #28 of the New York Giants runs with the ball in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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After a promising rookie season, Paul Perkins has earned the starting running back job for the Giants.

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo told reporters today that Perkins is the starter.

Perkins had been penciled in as the starter on most depth charts, but this is the first time McAdoo publicly declared that Perkins is his guy.

Last year the Giants spent a fifth-round draft pick on Perkins and brought him along gradually. He didn’t get his first start until the regular-season finale, but he also started in the Giants’ postseason game, and with last year’s leading rusher Rashad Jennings a free agent, Perkins is now atop the depth chart.

Perkins will likely be backed up by Shane Vereen, Orleans Darkwa and rookie fourth-round pick Wayne Gallman.