Paul Perkins

Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #28
Indianapolis Colts
Running Back #28

Paul Perkins News

Cut by Colts

Indianapolis released Perkins on Monday.

Analysis: Perkins spent the latter portion of the 2020 season on Indianapolis' practice squad, but he hasn't suited up for a regular-season game since 2019 with the Lions. Heading into his age-27 season, Perkins now stands to search for a reserve role elsewhere.

May 3, 2021 12:20 PM EST

Secures future deal with Colts

Perkins officially secured a reserve/future contract with Indianapolis on Sunday.

Analysis: Towards the end of the 2020 campaign, Perkins spent time with the Colts' practice squad and now landed himself a future contract with the team. The 26-year-old didn't suit up for a game this year and will likely serve as a depth option in the backfield in the upcoming season.

Jan 10, 2021 11:14 AM EST

Inks deal with Colts

Perkins signed a contract with the Colts' practice squad Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Perkins bounced around practice squads last season, as well as logging 29 yards on 12 rushing attempt in four games with the Lions. Perkins will add a veteran presence and depth to the organization, as the team is currently set with Jonathan Taylor, Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines at running back.

Nov 19, 2020 4:36 PM EST

Signs with practice squad

Perkins inked a deal with the Ravens' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: Perkins has bounced around this year, making stops with the Giants, Lions and Jaguars, but he only suited up in four games with the Lions. He'll add necessary depth to the Ravens' backfield since Mark Ingram is working through a nagging calf injury.

Jan 7, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Hits Jaguars' practice squad

The Jaguars signed Perkins to the practice squad Tuesday, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.

Analysis: Perkins appeared in four games with the Lions earlier this season, racking up 29 yards on 12 carries while catching his only target for nine yards. He'll wait in the wings for a depth opportunity to open up in Jacksonville's backfield.

Dec 3, 2019 3:53 PM EST

Waived again

Perkins was waived by the Lions on Saturday.

Analysis: This is now the third time Perkins has been waived by the Lions since the team picked him up off waivers from the Giants in mid-September. The 2016 fifth-round pick is certainly a candidate to rejoin the team at some point down the road, but considering the Lions signed Bo Scarbrough off the practice in replace of Perkins, it's clear the team is looking for a different answer at the running back position.

Nov 16, 2019 1:27 PM EST

Waived by Detroit

The Lions waived Perkins on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Perkins was waived to make room for Tra Carson on the 53-man roster. The fourth-year pro appeared in just one contest during his time with the Lions, playing one snap on special teams versus the Packers in Week 6.

Oct 17, 2019 2:57 PM EST

Won't play Sunday

Perkins (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Perkins has yet to play for Detroit since joining the team two weeks ago. He appears to be at the backend of the team's running back depth chart and isn't likely to see action unless there's an injury at the position.

Sep 29, 2019 8:43 AM EST

No-go Sunday

Perkins (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Perking was claimed by the Lions off waivers Tuesday, and he may have yet to fully digest his new team's playbook. When Perkins isn't a healthy scratch he'll provide Detroit with depth behind Kerryon Johnson and Ty Johnson.

Sep 22, 2019 9:10 AM EST

Claimed off waivers

The Lions claimed Perkins off waivers from the Giants on Tuesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.

Analysis: Perkins spent the 2018 season on IR with a pectoral injury, and he wasn't going to be called upon in the Giants' offense with Saquon Barkley commanding a bulk of the reps, so the Giants cut him. Perkins last played in the 2017 season and averaged a measly 2.2 YPC. He'll land in a depth situation for Detroit, as Kerryon Johnson will take a bulk of the carries while rookie Ty Johnson looks poised to be the No. 2 back after garnering seven touches in Week 2. There's little fantasy upside for Perkins in this situation unless one of the Johnsons get injured.

Sep 17, 2019 2:46 PM EST

Let go by New York

Perkins was waived by the Giants on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Perkins was a healthy scratch for the first two games of the season in New York. In Perkins' absence Wayne Gallman will operate as the unquestioned backup to Saquon Barkley. The 2016 fifth-round pick will look to earn a depth role elsewhere in the league.

Sep 16, 2019 2:48 PM EST

Sitting again in Week 2

Perkins (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 tilt against the Bills.

Analysis: Perkins will serve as a healthy scratch for the second time in as many games to open the season. Wayne Gallman took on the light workload (five total touches) that comes with backing up Saquon Barkley in Week 1 and projects to do so again in Perkins' absence.

Sep 15, 2019 8:59 AM EST

Inactive for season opener

Perkins was a healthy inactive for Sunday's loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Perkins appeared to be pushing for the backup job behind Saquon Barkley in the preseason, but he didn't even suit up for Week 1. Wayne Gallman worked as the No. 2 running back Sunday and had five touches for 41 yards and a touchdown.

Sep 9, 2019 1:47 PM EST

Makes push for backup gig

Perkins rushed 11 times for 54 yards and caught both of his targets for minus-1 yard in Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots.

Analysis: Perkins played the opening drive alongside quarterback Daniel Jones, working his way into the game before Wayne Gallman. Gallman scored a touchdown in this one and is still in line to be the primary backup to workhorse Saquon Barkley, but Perkins would likely work his way into a timeshare with Gallman should any injuries befall the starter.

Aug 29, 2019 8:58 PM EST

Currently third RB on depth chart

Perkins is listed as the No. 3 running back on the Giants' unofficial depth chart.

Analysis: After Perkins worked ahead of Wayne Gallman during the offseason program, the former has been jumped by the latter in training camp and through one preseason game. Having said that, Gallman picked up a sore foot in that contest, which could be enough for Perkins to regain some standing in the Giants backfield. Perkins didn't show much in the first exhibition, turning four carries into nine yards and two receptions (on three targets) into eight yards while playing 24 of 62 offensive snaps.

Aug 14, 2019 1:48 PM EST

Working ahead of Gallman

Perkins worked ahead of Wayne Gallman and Rod Smith during the offseason program,'s Matt Lombardo reports.

Analysis: Gallman faces a double dose of competition after averaging just 3.5 yards on 51 carries and 6.4 yards on 14 receptions (22 targets) in 15 games last season. Perkins wasn't much better with his past opportunities, and he spent all of last season on the non-football injury list due to a pectoral injury. None of the bunch is likely to steal much work from Saquon Barkley, who handled an 83 percent snap share during his rookie season.

Jun 30, 2019 3:54 PM EST

Participating in OTAs

Perkins (pectoral) is participating in the opening of OTAs, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Perkins has fallen from grace since opening the 2017 season as the Giants' starter, but he nonetheless remains on the roster after spending the entire 2018 campaign on the Non-Football Injury list due to a pectoral issue. Not only that, Perkins appears healthy and ready to compete with Wayne Gallman and Rod Smith for depth slotting under Saquon Barkley.

May 23, 2019 11:36 AM EST

Uncertain future with New York

Perkins (pectoral) is uncertain to retain his roster spot in 2019, Ryan Dunleavy of NJ Advance Media reports.

Analysis: Perkins spent the entire 2018 season on the Non-Football Injury list due to an undisclosed pectoral issue and it isn't clear where he stands in his recovery. Regardless, he's certainly behind Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman on the team's shallow depth chart and currently seems poised to compete with Robert Martin for the No. 3 job in advance of the 2019 campaign. It's possible the Giants could also add further competition via the draft or UDFA market.

Apr 17, 2019 11:57 AM EST

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