The Giants signed Peyton Hillis to provide some depth at a very thin running back position on Wednesday. The team fully expects him to play on Monday.
Is part of it the creation of necessity? No doubt. The Giants only have one healthy running back in Michael Cox, but Cox is a seventh round draft pick rookie who the team doesn't quite trust in pass protection yet. The team also has Brandon Jacobs, who has a hamstring issue that isn't that serious, but they had no one behind him until now.
So part of the reason why the Giants will expect Peyton to start to contribute immediately is because they need him to. But part of it is that he already has a couple of built in advantages in hitting the ground running, according to Tom Coughlin.
Per the New York Daily News:
On Wednesday, the Giants signed Peyton Hillis. On Monday night against the Vikings, they expect him to be ready to see action.
That’s something coach Tom Coughlin made clear on Thursday, as the Giants returned to practice after a two-day layoff. Hillis, a former Madden video game coverboy and 1,000-yard rusher, will have three practices to pick up the offense, and then hopefully play a key role in the Giants attack.
He has an edge already, Coughlin said. Hillis was in Tampa Bay earlier this season, working in the offense run by ex-Giants QB coach Mike Sullivan. And Coughlin said he knows the Giants terminology already.
“Hillis knows the off offense, he knows the terminology,” Coughlin said. “That helps a lot. He’s a bigger back. He caught the ball very well in the workout. We know he can handle the first- and second-down stuff, and hopefully he will not be too hard-pressed to pick up the third-down stuff as well.”
So, for those who are eager to see what the once Madden cover boy has to offer, you'll get your chance on Monday. It seems like Coughlin has plans to use Hillis in plenty of situations, and as a back who catch out of the backfield, a skill which Jacobs is not exactly known for. Hillis' familiarity with the offense also probably went a long way as to why the Giants signed him in the first place, as the team searches for its' first win of the season.
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