Saquon Barkley is a first-round pick in fantasy drafts, and it wouldn't be terribly surprising if he doesn't come off the field very often this season. The Giants gave Jonathan Stewart a two-year, $6.9 million contract in March, with $3 million guaranteed, but that looked bad at the time and even worse now.

Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media has been watching practices, and his early impression of Stewart is somewhat less than positive. "This spring, Stewart looked more like a plodding veteran running back trying to hang on, than a back capable of shouldering a significant workload."

Lombardo thinks it will in fact be second-year back Wayne Gallman winning that No. 2 job; those looking to select the proper handcuff for Barkley might be better off spending a last-round pick on Gallman. Indeed, Stewart has seemed to be in decline for two years now. Among all running backs to rush for at least 500 yards over the last two seasons, few have been less effective (yards per carry) than Stewart.

YARDS PER CARRY, 2016-2017 (500-PLUS)
2017Alvin Kamara, N.O.1207286.18
2016Mike Gillislee, Buff.1015775.78
2016Bilal Powell, NYJ1317225.53
2016LeSean McCoy, Buff.23412675.413
2016Jordan Howard, Chi.25213135.26
2016Ezekiel Elliott, Dall.32216315.115
2016Mark Ingram, N.O.20510435.16
2017Dion Lewis, N.E.1808965.06
2016Jay Ajayi, Mia.26112724.98
2016LeVeon Bell, Pitt.26112684.97
2017Mark Ingram, N.O.23011244.912
2017Kareem Hunt, K.C.27213274.98
2017Kenyan Drake, Mia.1336444.83
2016Devonta Freeman, Atl.22710794.811
2016Isaiah Crowell, Clev.1989524.87
2017Alfred Morris, Dall.1155474.81
2017Todd Gurley, LAR27913054.713
2016Carlos Hyde, S.F.2179884.66
2017Alex Collins, Balt.2129734.66
2017LeGarrette Blount, Phil.1737664.42
2017Devonta Freeman, Atl.1968654.47
2016DeMarco Murray, Tenn.29312874.49
2016Tevin Coleman, Atl.1185204.48
2017Orleans Darkwa, NYG1717514.45
2017Bilal Powell, NYJ1787724.35
2017Marshawn Lynch, Oak.2078914.37
2016Spencer Ware, K.C.2149214.33
2016Ryan Mathews, Phil.1556614.38
2016Jacquizz Rodgers, T.B.1295604.32
2017Derrick Henry, Tenn.1767444.25
2016David Johnson, Ariz.29312394.216
2016Robert Kelley, Wash.1687044.26
2017Jay Ajayi, 2 tm2088734.21
2017Isaiah Crowell, Clev.2068534.12
2017C.J. Anderson, Den.24510074.13
2016Tim Hightower, N.O.1335484.14
2017Jordan Howard, Chi.27611224.19
2017Ezekiel Elliott, Dall.2429834.17
2017Tevin Coleman, Atl.1566284.05
2017LeVeon Bell, Pitt.32112914.09
2016Lamar Miller, Hou.26810734.05
2016Latavius Murray, Oak.1957884.012
2016Terrance West, Balt.1937744.05
2017LeSean McCoy, Buff.28711384.06
2017Carlos Hyde, S.F.2409383.98
2016LeGarrette Blount, N.E.29911613.918
2016Frank Gore, Ind.26310253.94
2016Melvin Gordon, S.D.2549973.910
2016Christine Michael, 2TM1485833.97
2017Latavius Murray, Minn.2168423.98
2017Melvin Gordon, LAC28411053.98
2017Leonard Fournette, Jac.26810403.99
2017Javorius Allen, Balt.1535913.94
2016Jeremy Hill, Cin.2228393.89
2016Jonathan Stewart, Car.2188243.89
2017Jerick McKinnon, Minn.1505703.83
2017Lamar Miller, Hou.2388883.73
2016Matt Forte, NYJ2188133.77
2017Frank Gore, Ind.2619613.73
2017Jamaal Williams, G.B.1535563.64
2017DeMarco Murray, Tenn.1846593.66
2017Joe Mixon, Cin.1786263.54
2016Devontae Booker, Den.1746123.54
2017Samaje Perine, Wash.1756033.41
2017Jonathan Stewart, Car.1986803.46
2016Jerick McKinnon, Minn.1595393.42
2017Adrian Peterson, 2 tm1565293.42
2017Ameer Abdullah, Det.1655523.34
2016Rashad Jennings, NYG1815933.33
2016Todd Gurley, L.A.2788853.26

Yards per carry isn't everything; the guy at the bottom of that table, 2016 Todd Gurley, did OK a year later.

But Stewart is 31 years old and will be working behind what was one of the worst lines in the league a year ago. It should be better this year (certainly at left tackle with Nate Solder) but still probably a below-average group.

With his guaranteed money and veteran presence, Stewart is probably going to make the team. But unlikely to make much of an impact, and not a lock for a significant (even a No. 2) role.

--Andy Richardson