#3 Wayne Gallman has more yards than Saquon Barkley
I know, “duh,” since Barkley is hurt. But if someone told you before the season that this statement would be true you’d probably laugh.
After attempting to plug up the leading back role with Devonta Freeman for five games, Gallman has emerged as the team’s true leading back.
Unfortunately for Gallman, he was drafted one year before Barkley. And after being under utilized since then, Barkley’s second significant injury has provided the opportunity for Gallman to show his ability, and his coaches have certainly taken notice.
Gallman leads the team with 69 rushing attempts. He’s second, behind Jones, with 275 yards, and averages 30.6 yards per game. But what’s great about his rushing ability is where he does it — up the gut. Gallman has the patience and the explosiveness to wait for a hole to open up and then exploit it, beating up the opponent’s defensive line in the process.
And since he averages 4 yards a carry, just a few of those carries helps create third and short situations, which are far more favorable to an offensive mind like Garrett’s.
Prior to Barkley, the Giants run game was at it’s best with the two-headed monster of Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw. And in Barkley’s absence, they found a new one with the addition of NFC East journeyman Alfred Morris.
Both Gallman and Morris are the only two running backs for the Giants to have a 20+ yard rush this season. And Morris’ outside rushing ability is a fantastic complement to Gallman’s inside ability. Opponents now have to respect the entire field.
Gallman has scored a touchdown in every game since taking over as the lead back when Freeman went down in Week 7. It doesn’t look like he has any intention to stop that streak.