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Paul Kerry Perkins II (born November 16, 1994) is an American football running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He previously played for the New York Giants. He played college football for the UCLA Bruins, leading the Pac-12 Conference in rushing as a sophomore in 2014. He earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors the following year.

Paul Perkins
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Perkins scoring a touchdown in college with UCLA
No. 24 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1994-11-16) November 16, 1994 (age 25)
Mesa, Arizona
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High school:Chandler (Chandler, Arizona)
College:UCLA
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 5 / Pick: 149
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 9, 2019
Rushing yards:566
Rushing average:3.6
Rushing touchdowns:0
Receptions:23
Receiving yards:208
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

High school careerEdit

Perkins attended Chandler High School in Chandler, Arizona, where he was teammates with his childhood friend and future college teammate Brett Hundley.[1] As a senior, Perkins was named first-team all-state after rushing for 1,297 yards and 20 touchdowns.[2] He was also the most valuable player (MVP) of the track team, which won the state title.[3]

Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 40th-best athlete prospect of his class.[4] On December 4, 2011, he committed to UCLA over offers from Fresno State and Northwestern.[5]

College careerEdit

Perkins redshirted as a true freshman in 2012. In 2013, he became the Bruins' primary rusher after starter Jordon James sprained his ankle.[6] Perkins started four games, and rushed for 573 yards on 134 carries (4.3 avg) and six touchdowns. He also caught 24 passes for 296 yards.[7] In 2014, he worked his way into a pivotal role in the offense.[8][9] As a backup to James in the season opener, Perkins ran for 80 yards against Virginia.[10] He later became the team's starter.[11] With starting quarterback Hundley exiting in the first quarter after an injury, Perkins gained 195 all-purpose yards in a 20–17 win over Texas.[8][12] In the Alamo Bowl, he was named the game's offensive MVP after running for a then-career-high 194 yards and scoring two touchdowns in a 40–35 win over Kansas State.[13][14][15] He finished the season as the Pac-12 leader with 1,575 yards rushing, the second-highest in UCLA history behind Johnathan Franklin (1,734 in 2012).[11][13]

In 2015, Perkins ran for a career-high 219 yards against BYU.[16] He finished his junior year with 1,343 yards and 14 touchdowns,[17] and was named second-team All-Pac-12.[18] After the season, he decided to forgo his senior season and declared for the 2016 NFL Draft.[17][19]

StatisticsEdit

Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Year Team Games Att Yds Avg TDs Rec Yds Avg Tds Tch Yds Avg Tds
2013 UCLA 13 134 573 4.3 6 24 296 12.3 0 158 869 5.5 6
2014 UCLA 13 250 1572 6.3 9 26 201 7.7 2 276 1773 6.4 11
2015 UCLA 13 237 1343 5.7 14 30 242 8.1 1 267 1585 5.9 15
Total 39 621 3488 5.6 29 80 739 9.2 3 701 4227 6.0 32

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draftEdit

Coming out of UCLA, Perkins was projected to be a third to fourth-round draft pick by various draft analysts. He was rated as the seventh-best running back by NFLDraftScout.com.[20] Perkins was invited to the NFL Combine but was unable to finish all the drills after suffering an injury to his hamstring while running his 40-yard dash. Scouts and analysts gave mostly positive reviews focused on his one-cut ability, quality vision, reliable hands, decisive gap selection, and willingness to pick up blitzes. He was also criticized for his lack of consistent play speed, limited route options, and smallish frame.[21]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
208 lb
(94 kg)
31 58 in
(0.80 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
4.54 s 1.62 s 2.69 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)
19 reps
All values from NFL Combine[21]

New York GiantsEdit

The New York Giants selected Perkins in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[22]

On May 6, 2016, the Giants signed Perkins to a four-year, $2.59 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $252,548.[23][24]

Perkins entered the regular season as the Giants' fourth running back on the depth chart, behind veterans Rashad Jennings, Bobby Rainey, and Orleans Darkwa.[25] Late in the 2016 season, Perkins was being used as the primary back, in front of Jennings.[26] In the regular season finale against the Washington Redskins, he had 102 rushing yards.[27] The Giants lost in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs to the Green Bay Packers on January 7, 2017.[28] On May 1, 2017, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo named Perkins the Giants' starting running back.

Perkins remained as part of the Giants' backfield in the 2017 season.[29] He had playing time in 11 games and finished with 41 carries for 90 rushing yards and eight receptions for 46 yards.

On May 10, 2018, Perkins was waived by the Giants with a non-football injury designation after suffering a pectoral injury in the offseason,[30] and then placed on their reserve/non-football injury list.[31]

On September 16, 2019, Perkins was waived by the Giants.[32]

Detroit LionsEdit

On September 17, 2019, Perkins was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions.[33] He was released on October 17 and re-signed to the practice squad.[34] He was promoted to the active roster on October 23.[35] He was released on October 30 and re-signed to the practice squad.[36] He was promoted back to the active roster on November 2.[37] He was waived on November 16.[38]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On December 3, 2019, Perkins was signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad.[39]

Personal lifeEdit

His father, Bruce Perkins, played fullback at Arizona State and briefly in the NFL.[40] His grandfather, Don Perkins, played eight seasons as a running back with the Dallas Cowboys. His younger brother, Bryce Perkins, plays quarterback for Virginia.[41]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Foster, Chris (October 11, 2013). "UCLA's Paul Perkins', Brett Hundley's connection dates to childhood". Retrieved July 26, 2017 – via LA Times.
  2. ^ "Paul Perkins Biography". UCLABruins.com. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ Foster, Chris (December 17, 2014). "Low-key persona serves UCLA's Paul Perkins well". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Rivals.com". sports.Yahoo.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  5. ^ "UCLA football: Running back Paul Perkins commits to Bruins". LATimes.com. December 4, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "2013 UCLA Bruins Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Paul Perkins 2013 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Wang, Jack (September 23, 2014). "Paul Perkins' career at running back has been long in the making". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on January 5, 2015.
  9. ^ "After high school career in Hundley's shadow, Perkins shines at UCLA". DailyBruin.com. October 31, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "UCLA at Virginia Box Score, August 30, 2014". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Wang, Jack (November 30, 2014). "UCLA's Paul Perkins leads Pac-12 in rushing, but race isn't officially over". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on January 5, 2015.
  12. ^ "UCLA vs Texas Box Score, September 13, 2014". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Whisler, John (January 2, 2015). "UCLA running back has career game". San Antonio Express-News. Archived from the original on January 3, 2015.
  14. ^ "#11 KANSAS STATE VS. #14 UCLA GAME NOTES". AlamoBowl.com. Archived from the original on January 3, 2015.
  15. ^ "Alamo Bowl - Kansas State vs UCLA Box Score, January 2, 2015". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  16. ^ "Bruins' Paul Perkins consistent in his explosiveness". OCRegister.com. September 21, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
  17. ^ a b Helfand, Zach (December 29, 2015). "UCLA running back Paul Perkins declares for NFL draft". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on January 5, 2016.
  18. ^ Kaufman, Joey (December 1, 2015). "UCLA DT Kenny Clark on All-Pac-12 first team; eight Bruins on second team". The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on December 2, 2015.
  19. ^ "Paul Perkins College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  20. ^ "*Paul Perkins, DS #7 RB, UCLA: 2016 NFL Draft". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  21. ^ a b "NFL Draft Profile: Paul Perkins". NFL.com. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  22. ^ "2016 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  23. ^ "Sportrac.com: Paul Perkins". Sportrac.com. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  24. ^ Eisen, Michael (May 6, 2016). "Giants sign four draft picks & 14 undrafted free agents". Giants.com. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  25. ^ "2016 New York Giants Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  26. ^ "Paul Perkins 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  27. ^ "New York Giants at Washington Redskins - January 1st, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  28. ^ "Wild Card - New York Giants at Green Bay Packers - January 8th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  29. ^ "2017 New York Giants Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  30. ^ Eisen, Michael (May 10, 2018). "Giants waive running back Paul Perkins". Giants.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  31. ^ "New York Giants Transactions at NFL.com". NFL.com.
  32. ^ Associated Press (September 17, 2019). "Giants get TE Kaden Smith on waivers, waive RB Paul Perkins". Fox Sports. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  33. ^ "Lions awarded RB Paul Perkins via waivers from New York Giants". DetroitLions.com. September 17, 2019.
  34. ^ "Lions awarded RB Tra Carson via waivers from Green Bay Packers". DetroitLions.com. October 17, 2019.
  35. ^ "Lions sign RB Paul Perkins to active roster". DetroitLions.com. October 23, 2019.
  36. ^ "Lions sign CB Michael Jackson to active roster from Cowboys' practice squad". DetroitLions.com. October 30, 2019.
  37. ^ "Lions sign RB Paul Perkins to active roster". DetroitLions.com. November 2, 2019.
  38. ^ "Lions sign RB Bo Scarbrough to active roster". DetroitLions.com. November 16, 2019.
  39. ^ "Jaguars promote CB Parry Nickerson to active roster". Jaguars.com. December 3, 2019.
  40. ^ "Bruce Perkins, RB". NFL.com. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  41. ^ "Bryce Perkins - 2015 Football Roster - TheSunDevils.com - Arizona State University Athletics". www.TheSunDevils.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017.

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