Rookie Challenger #1: Javon Leake
Javon Leake enters the league as another UDFA running back. Leake was a talented back in the Big 10, stuck behind 2020 4th round pick Anthony MacFarland Jr. while playing at UMD.
Leake had a staggering 7.9 yards per carry in college. He is a threat to rip off an explosive play every time he touches the ball.
He is a very fast, high-energy player that keeps defenders on their feet at all times. He is also versatile and was used heavily in passing situations and in the return game.
Leake enters a crowded backfield in New York. There is no clear path to pave his way onto the roster. He will need to make splash plays in the preseason to create buzz and turn coaches’ heads.
At worst, Leake will likely find himself on the practice squad. He is certainly an intriguing prospect and the NY Giants will want to keep him. He has a chance of unseating Wayne Gallman and taking his spot on the team’s roster. Gettleman will likely keep three running backs on the roster and Leake has a legit shot at surviving the team’s final cuts in August.
Rookie Challenger #2: Sandro Platzgummer
The second rookie challenger at running back is a very intriguing prospect from Europe.
Sandro Platzgummer hails from Austria and is regarded as Europe’s best running back. He lit up the competition with 15 touchdowns and more than 1,000 yards.
Sandro will need to acclimate to the vast differences in football in America as compared to Europe. He will likely face challenges playing in a new environment and will need a year of development to get ready for 2021.
Keep an eye on Plutzgummer in training camp and in the preseason. Expect him to be a fan favorite and somebody to root for. He is likely to get some opportunities just so the coaches can see what they really have in this man hailing from across the Atlantic.