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Giants sign Andre Williams and Nat Berhe

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The Jets have moved quickly to get their draft class under contract and now MetLife Stadium’s other tenants have gotten the ball rolling as well.

The Giants announced Friday that they have signed fourth-round running back Andre Williams and fifth-round safety Nat Berhe. They are the first two members of the Giants’ seven-player draft class to agree to contracts.

With David Wilson’s future still uncertain because of neck issues, Williams could see a fair amount of playing time in the Giants backfield this season. He ran for 2,177 yards at Boston College last season, earning a trip to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist, and impressed as a durable, downhill runner. If he’s going to see time, he’ll need to prove himself as a pass blocker and it wouldn’t hurt if he showed some ability as a receiver after rarely being used that way in college.

Berhe’s path to immediate playing time on defense is a bit less clear as the Giants have Stevie Brown, Antrel Rolle and Quintin Demps on the roster even if Will Hill serves his expected suspension. The former San Diego State starter may have to settle for making his bones on special teams this year.

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4 Responses to “Giants sign Andre Williams and Nat Berhe”
  1. kev86 says: May 16, 2014 3:36 PM

    Reese’s pieces

  2. justintuckrule says: May 16, 2014 3:50 PM

    When we have power backs, we win super bowls.

  3. nonetruerthanblue says: May 16, 2014 5:30 PM

    Did you see Andre’s Combine…BRICK CITY! I hope the GMen can teach him how to catch/pass block.

    And nothing wrong with having a safety hitting on ST

  4. richie078 says: May 17, 2014 10:04 AM

    I don’t agree with Josh Alper regarding Berhe.

    Will Hill is gone for the year, so that leaves only 3 people ahead of Berhe:

    1) Antrel Rolle: starter at only one of the two Safety positions. Veteran, and potentially on the decline.

    2) Stevie Brown: coming off an ACL injury, and sure to miss time in camp due to lingering knee issues.

    3) Quintin Demps: journeyman safety, veteran depth.

    4) Berhe’s only real concern is staying healthy, because otherwise, the Giants are going to count on him a TON in camp and preseason, and potentially start if Brown is slowing in recovery.

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