After working out several veteran running backs on Tuesday, it seems as though the New York Giants have pulled the trigger on Peyton Hillis in an attempt to bolster their rushing attack.
On Wednesday morning, ESPN New York’s Dan Graziano tweeted this:
RT @MikeGarafolo: Giants to sign RB Peyton Hillis, per sources.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) October 16, 2013
Hillis is currently in his sixth season in the NFL. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round out of Arkansas in 2008. He was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2010 where he broke out for the best season of his career, rushing for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2012, he was even put on the cover of Madden.
However, Hillis has struggled the past two years. He spent 2012 with the Kansas City Chiefs and rushed for just 309 yards in 13 games.
Signing a veteran back like Hillis is a smart move by the Giants, who quickly found themselves in a state of desperation.
Brandon Jacobs is currently battling a hamstring issue and hasn’t practiced this week. The Giants also waived Da’Rel Scott on Tuesday for the second time this season, which meant rookie Michael Cox was the only healthy running back on New York’s roster.
Cox showed some explosiveness in the preseason, but very much like Wilson early last year, he has to learn the ins and outs of pass blocking in the NFL (an area where the Giants have no room for error).
David Wilson‘s neck injury will likely keep him sidelined for a substantial amount of time. Wilson won’t need surgery, but his timetable to return is still looking like 3-4 weeks.
Andre Brown becomes eligible for action in Week 10. Brown fractured his left leg in the preseason and should help provide some immediate relief once he is healthy enough to return to the gridiron.
Depending on Jacobs’ status for Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, Hillis may be New York’s starting running back. Cox’s speed would provide a nice complement to Hillis’ power, but once again expectations for the Giants’ rushing attack cannot be be conjured.