The Giants have signed an insurance policy and he maybe surprisingly productive. Running back, Peyton Hillis was signed to a two-year deal today to add as insurance to the unsettled backfield behind quarterback, Eli Manning.
Hillis did a nice job filling in for the often injured Andre Brown and first round pick David Wilson. While no one expected Hillis to be the “Albino Rhino” of old, he was a vast improvement over back up running backs, Da’Rel Scott and Michael Cox.
Hillis came in cold around mid-season, having been cut by Buccaneers in Pre-Season of last year. There was talk that the former thousand yard rusher might be done; however, the hard nose runner jumped at the chance to join the Giants and stabilize the backfield until Andre Brown returned from injury.
In seven games he rushed for 247 yards, had 96 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Even though these stats do not jump off the page where Hillis earned points with management was his ability to block and catch the ball out of the backfield, something the Giants have not been able to do for some time.
His new deal is reported at 1.8 million for two years.
Craig J. Santucci | Managing Editor