November 27, 2020

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Giants’ Wayne Gallman ready for the challenge of…

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Going into this season, the New York Giants’ offense was centered around their young superstar running back, Saquon Barkley, and the plan appeared as if they’d make the rest up as they went along.

Eli Manning would try to rekindle some old magic and the Giants were trying to make something out of their receiving corps in the first year of the post-Odell Beckham Jr. era.

Three games into the season, all of that has been pretty much scrapped. Manning is now a mentor roaming the sidelines while rookie Daniel Jones carves out his own legend here in New York. The receiving corps is anchored by Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and rookie speedster Darius Slayton, and is on the verge of getting veteran Golden Tate back from suspension.

Barkley? Well, he turned out to be human after all, sustaining a high ankle sprain in the Giants’ Week 3 victory over Tampa Bay and could miss up to eight weeks of action.

The Giants weren’t really planning on losing Barkley for any length of time. At the time of his injury, they had just two other running backs on the roster — third-year back Wayne Gallman and fullback Eli Penny.

Gallman is the ‘next man up’ in the Giants’ backfield. He is no stranger to the spotlight. He was a star in college on Clemson’s first national title team in 2017 and then was drafted in the fourth round of the draft by the Giants. As a rookie, Gallman carried the football 111 times for 476 yards and caught 34 passes for 194 more.

Then Barkley came along in 2018 and took over the Giants and the NFL. Gallman was relegated to mop up duty and used a seat-filler when Barkley needed a breather, which wasn’t often.

With Barkley hurt, Gallman is now back in the saddle. He’s ready regardless of what the public thinks of him starting as a significant downgrade.

“No, I don’t worry about all that,” Gallman told reporters on Wednesday. “I’m me and y’all gonna see that.”

“I have confidence in Wayne,” head coach Pat Shurmur said. “He’s been toting the ball pretty good for us lately and I don’t see going anywhere…He’s kind of a twitchy guy and he does a good job getting it up in the hole. I think he’s got good collision balance. He’s improved catching the football and he’s pretty good with our pass protection. So he’s a good all-around player and he’s going to be asked to do more.”

Barkley was not having his typical game on Sunday in Tampa when he was helped off the field with the ankle injury in the second quarter. The Bucs had held him to 10 yards on eight carries and he caught four passes for just 27 more yards.

Giants' Wayne Gallman ready for the challenge of replacing Saquon Barkley

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