A pair of veteran running backs have landed with new teams in recent days – Dion Lewis to the Giants, Peyton Barber to Washington. Expectations should be low for both.

Lewis has some pass-catching value, and I suppose he’s the frontrunner to be their No. 2 tailback. But if Saquon Barkley were to miss some games again this year with an injury, I don’t know that they would want to try using Lewis in a full-time role as a fill-in. He was not effective at all in his two years with the Titans, averaging under 3.5 yards per carry. He’s awfully small.

Giants more likely (I think) they would have him share time with some other back (perhaps Wayne Gallman or Javorius Allen).

Barber is a try-hard guy, but he has no pass-catching ability and no speed. They’re bringing him in to potentially be their backup tailback. Is that an indication they’re done with Adrian Peterson? Maybe. They’ve got Derrius Guice, and I think he comes in way ahead of Barber in the scheme of things.

Barber has also averaged under 3.5 yards per carry over the last two years.

In the last two seasons, in fact, 40 running backs have carried the ball at least 200 times. Only one back has averaged fewer yards per attempt than either of these two backs.

If I were walking into a typical 12-team draft today, I would think that neither Lewis nor Barber would be chosen.

YARDS PER CARRY (last 2 years)
Gus Edwards, Balt.2701,4295.294
Matt Breida, S.F.2761,4375.217
Nick Chubb, Cle.4902,4905.0818
Derrick Henry, Ten.5182,5995.0230
Phillip Lindsay, Den.4162,0484.9217
Christian McCaffrey, Car.5062,4854.9132
Aaron Jones, G.B.3691,8124.9128
Mark Ingram, Balt.3401,6634.8922
Saquon Barkley, NYG4782,3104.8323
Josh Jacobs, Oak.2421,1504.757
Austin Ekeler, LAC2381,1114.6717
Kenyan Drake, Mia-Az.2901,3524.6617
Lamar Miller, Hou.2109734.636
Ezekiel Elliott, Dall.6052,7914.6123
Alvin Kamara, N.O.3651,6804.6024
Dalvin Cook, Min.3831,7504.5717
Chris Carson, Sea.5252,3814.5418
Marlon Mack, Ind.4421,9994.5218
Kerryon Johnson, Det.2311,0444.528
Kareem Hunt, K.C.-Cle.2241,0034.4817
Joe Mixon, Cin.5152,3054.4817
Melvin Gordon, LAC3371,4974.4423
Tevin Coleman, Atl.-S.F.3041,3444.4216
Todd Gurley, LAR4792,1084.4035
James Conner, Pitt.3311,4374.3420
Latavius Murray, Min.-N.O.2861,2154.2512
Adrian Peterson, Was.4621,9404.2013
Frank Gore, Mia.-Buff.3221,3214.103
Jamaal Williams, G.B.2289244.059
Sony Michel, N.E.4561,8434.0413
Leonard Fournette, Jac.3981,5914.009
Jordan Howard, Chi.-Phi.3691,4603.9616
Carlos Hyde, 3 tms4171,6413.9411
Royce Freeman, Den.2621,0173.889
LeSean McCoy, Buf.-K.C.2629793.748
David Montgomery, Chi.2428893.677
David Johnson, Ariz.3521,2853.6516
Dion Lewis, Ten.2097263.473
Peyton Barber, T.B.3881,3413.4613
LeVeon Bell, NYJ2457893.224

(Three of the top 5 backs on this list, by the way, weren’t ever even drafted, showing that it’s possible to plug in less-heralded options at this position.)

—Ian Allan