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3 Teams That Should Sign Wayne Gallman

  • The Draft Network
  • September 1, 2021
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One of the more noteworthy transactions of the week occurred on Tuesday when the San Francisco 49ers released veteran running back Wayne Gallman Jr. The move was made possible by the depth the 49ers bolster at the position, with the likes of Raheem Mostert, Trey Sermon, and Jeff Wilson Jr. all expected to play a role this coming season.

Gallman now becomes one of the more talented free-agent running backs on the open market. Gallman enjoyed the best season of his career in 2020 while filling in for the injured Saquon Barkley as a member of the New York Giants by rushing for 682 yards and six touchdowns while averaging a healthy 4.6 yards per carry. Gallman is also a quality receiver out of the backfield. He’s totaled an impressive 80 catches in four seasons. NFL teams love the type of versatility Gallman can provide, and he should find a new home soon. 

There are several teams that could upgrade the running back room by adding Gallman to it. These three teams immediately come to mind. 

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Losing sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins for the season was a catastrophic blow. The Ravens feature a run-first offense and will now be without their star ball carrier for the entire duration of the 2021 season. 

Baltimore will move forward with Gus Edwards, and he’s proven plenty capable of shouldering the load. But offensive coordinator Greg Roman prefers to feature two running backs in his offense. Since Roman took over as offensive coordinator in 2019, the Ravens offense has had two running backs go over 700 rushing yards in back-to-back seasons. Factor in the fact that Lamar Jackson has rushed for more than 2,200 yards on Roman’s watch, and you can see that Baltimore really likes running the ball.

As of now, Baltimore’s RB2 is Ty’Son Williams, a second-year player that has never recorded a carry in a regular season game. Now that I’ve explained how important the RB2 job is in Baltimore, can the Ravens really trust an inexperienced player like Williams to take on such a large role this season? It would be the riskiest of propositions. Bringing in Gallman would be a much safer and sound choice.

NEW YORK JETS

The Jets feature one of the more worrisome running back rooms in the league. Tevin Coleman is listed as the starter but has played in all 16 games just once during his six-year career. The Jets drafted former North Carolina running back Michael Carter in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Carter is an exciting prospect that could get a chance to play a major role as a rookie. But if the Jets are serious about winning football games this year, relying on a rookie quarterback and a rookie ball carrier to lead your offense to the promised land isn’t the smartest strategy. 

Behind Coleman and Carter are Ty Johnson and La’Mical Perine. Johnson flashed at times last season but still has just 157 career touches to his name. Perine is even less experienced than Johnson is. I hope you’re starting to see the theme here. 

The Jets need more than what they currently have at the running back position. Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson and his young supporting cast could really use someone like Gallman in the backfield.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Head coach Urban Meyer loves running the football. So does his offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Meyer’s penchant for installing a run-heavy offense was further confirmed by the drafting of Travis Etienne in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. The fact that the presence of a 1,000-yard rusher in James Robinson didn’t stop the Jaguars from using a first-round pick on a running back proves how much Meyer loves keeping the ball on the ground.

With Etienne now out for the season with a foot injury, the Jaguars’ offense no longer appears to feature the feared one-two punch they envisioned having in 2021. Etienne’s injury catapults Robinson into the RB1 role. Who’s behind him? Carlos Hyde, who is now on his fourth team in three years. He’s not exactly someone that can be relied on at this point of his career.

There’s another interesting connection worth mentioning here. When Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence was committing to The University of Clemson in December of 2016, Gallman was wrapping up an impressive junior season that saw him accumulate more than 1,200 total yards and 17 touchdowns at the same school. Lawrence and Gallman never played together at Clemson, but they are certainly very familiar with one another.

We’re struggling to see why Jacksonville wouldn’t be interested in adding Gallman.

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