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Giants settle on Hillis after running back search

Peyton Hillis AP

The Giants brought in a reality show worth of candidates, but have apparently found their next replacement running back.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, the Giants will sign Peyton Hillis to fill in at a short-handed spot.

The Giants brought in several others for workouts Tuesday, and kept them over for physicals.

Hillis has kind of fallen off the face of the Earth since his breakout 2010 season with the Browns, when he ran for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns. Since then, he’s averaging a pedestrian 3.6 yards per carry, bouncing through stints with the Chiefs and the Buccaneers without much distinction.

Of course, Brandon Jacobs hadn’t looked like much prior to last week’s 106-yard outburst, so maybe Hillis has a shot.

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26 Responses to “Giants settle on Hillis after running back search”
  1. crs334 says: Oct 16, 2013 10:59 AM

    Peyton hillis really came and went. Hopefully he can find his stride again, lord knows the giants need some help

  2. nfcbeastly says: Oct 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    2010 called: They want their overachieving Running Back.

  3. open1337 says: Oct 16, 2013 11:04 AM

    Oh joy….

  4. paychrisjohnson28 says: Oct 16, 2013 11:05 AM

    A victim of the Madden Cover curse… “Peyton Hillis” his career went down hill after being on that cover like many others… If you are an NFL player and your phone rings and it’s John Madden calling to ask you to be on the cover of his next game, don’t answer !!! Ha ha

  5. chargersdiehard says: Oct 16, 2013 11:11 AM

    Between Hillis and Jacobs I wouldn’t wanna be an inside linebacker playing the Giants. If these two guys get on a roll the Giants could turn it around quick. 8 in the box to stop big bruising backs opens up the passing game and play action.

  6. tpa43 says: Oct 16, 2013 11:12 AM

    3.6 is better then Doug Martin’s 3.5

  7. kcflake says: Oct 16, 2013 11:16 AM

    Boy, Hillis sure was a disappointment for the Chiefs. Have us 1 good half of preseason football in an entire season. Wouldn’t let this dude on my team for free.

  8. jmpft says: Oct 16, 2013 11:19 AM

    Well, the G-men have the “big, bruising RB” angle covered. Too bad these guys are past their primes.

  9. mendenhallfumblemachine says: Oct 16, 2013 11:20 AM

    3.6 per carry is great game for Trent Richardson

  10. Foghorn The IKonoclast says: Oct 16, 2013 11:23 AM

    He can’t block for himself and it is too bad the Chiefs didn’t keep him. Go Peyton, Go Hogs. War me!

  11. dtm1088 says: Oct 16, 2013 11:31 AM

    As a Giants fan I should have seen this coming. Another big slow RB. I guess beggars cant be choosers at this point. Hopefully he can pick up the Shotgun Draw by Monday. Then he won’t hit the hole quick enough and he’ll fit right in.

  12. Rockets GM says: Oct 16, 2013 11:52 AM

    What-choo-talkin-bout-Hillis?

  13. justintuckrule says: Oct 16, 2013 12:02 PM

    Just happy it wasn’t ware, torain or that blumpkin fellow.

  14. pacodawg says: Oct 16, 2013 12:05 PM

    3.6 a carry? Sounds like T Richardson 2.0.

  15. DawgPound83 says: Oct 16, 2013 12:15 PM

    im guessing Hillis is on leave from his CIA duties?

  16. blu4l1fe says: Oct 16, 2013 12:27 PM

    Neither a good nor a bad signing for the Gmen. I would assume the team deemed he was the best option out of those that they brought in for tryouts.

    I actually forgot about him since his breakout season in 2010 with the Browns and until his name was mentioned around the wires yesterday.

  17. slick50ks says: Oct 16, 2013 12:42 PM

    This guy is nothing but a speed bump on the field.

  18. staffordsyear says: Oct 16, 2013 12:51 PM

    @paychrisjohnson28

  19. DonKellyBaby says: Oct 16, 2013 12:52 PM

    3.6 yards per carry x 3= 10.8 yards

    KEEP GIVING HILLIS THE BALL, BABY!

  20. staffordsyear says: Oct 16, 2013 12:53 PM

    There is no “Madden curse”.

    See Calvin Johnsons record breaking season last year..or if there was one its been brokin.

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 16, 2013 1:14 PM

    Ehhhhh, he’s a body. That’s it. All we need is someone to punish guys between the tackles and keep defenses honest so that Eli has more than an eyelash of time in the pocket, which is about all he’s had in many of these games.

  22. granadafan says: Oct 16, 2013 1:14 PM

    In the spy world, they say the best method is to hide in plain site. Who would think a counter spy would have his picture all over the news? There must be a major counter terrorist operation in the Big Apple. Good luck, New Yorkers.

  23. thegrigga49 says: Oct 16, 2013 2:34 PM

    Their Backfield is terrible

  24. steelerben says: Oct 16, 2013 3:17 PM

    just wait until he strings together four good games and “catches the flu” until he can renegoitate his contract.

  25. mackcarrington says: Oct 16, 2013 5:13 PM

    Was the 2010 season his “breakout” year or was it his “flash in the pan” year?

  26. kev86 says: Oct 16, 2013 7:00 PM

    Rob Carpenter was mint in the early 80’s.

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