Report: Giants to Sign Running Back Peyton Hillis

With the Giants ailing at running back, New York is expected to sign veteran running back Peyton Hillis, 6-2, 251 lbs., to help reinforce up the unit.

Hillis played his college ball at Arkansas, where in four seasons, he recorded 23 touchdowns, 12 rushing, and 11 receiving.

He was drafted in the seventh round by the Denver Broncos, for whom he played fullback. That season, Hillis recorded six touchdowns on 82 touches before suffering a torn hamstring that caused him to miss the start of the 2009 season.

Hillis was traded to Cleveland, where he became a breakout star for the 2010 team, with an eye-opening 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns on 270 carries.

Those numbers launched Hillis into the national spotlight, landing him on the cover of the popular Madden NFL video game the following offseason.

Since then, Hillis hasn’t come close to matching his breakout season’s production. His rushing yardage dropped to 587 yards and three touchdowns in 2011, his final season with Cleveland, and he left hat offseason to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, where his rushing yardage dropped to 309 yards on 85 carries.

Hillis was briefly with Tampa Bay this year but did not get in any games. The Bucs released him on Sept. 21.

Running back Da’Rel Scott, injured in last week’s loss to the Bears, strained his hamstring and was waived/injured. Brandon Jacobs, who had a 100-yard rushing game against the Bears, is also nursing a hamstring while starter David Wilson is out indefinitely with a neck ailment.

 

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