With David Wilson (neck) and Andre Brown (leg) still out, and Brandon Jacobs (hamstring) doubtful, the lion’s share of the backfield touches this week will again go to Peyton Hillis.
He played his first game of the season for the Giants last Monday and performed fairly well, getting tough yards on the ground, catching the ball out of the backfield and even scoring a TD. But…he’s sore.
“I expect that it (the soreness) is going to be here for a couple more weeks but I have to work through it and try to produce,” said Hillis.
He was asked if his knowledge of the offense is sinking in:
“It increases bit by bit every day. Sometimes I’ll take a drawback just depending on what formation the defensive line is in, are they a 3-4 or 4-3 team and what kind of presence they bring in third down situations, stuff like that. But, overall as a whole, I’m getting better and better every day.”
Hillis is not one to be complacent. His battering-ram style was breath of fresh air for the Giants, whose offense has been getting pushed around for the past year or so. He is intent on giving it everything he’s got while he’s in the lineup, which may not be for long. Jacobs and Brown will be back soon and Wilson will be re-evaluated in another week or so.
Along with rookie Michael Cox, Hillis will spearhead the rushing attack vs the Eagles this week. The Giants have no other option. OC Kevin Gilbride was asked if he planned on being careful with Hillis:
“We can’t. We’ve only got two. There’s only two, so there’s nowhere else to go. We’ve asked if we could bring some other guys, but they won’t grant them any eligibility. Yeah. I guess you have to be conscious of it to a point, but it’s just that your options are so limited anyway and there’s certain things that you can ask Michael (Cox) to do and there’s certain things you can ask Peyton to do and when those things are coming up they have to do them and there’s nowhere else to go. Knock on wood, I’m sure he’s sore as anything the next day after having not played and then going out and usually it takes two or three weeks of going through that hitting before your recovery becomes more normal. Hopefully with the short week he’ll be back and able to go. I know his desire and determination to play and play as many opportunities we give him, he’ll welcome them all. That’s the good thing. Where he’ll be physically remains to be seen.”
GEICO SportsNite has sound from Peyton Hillis on returning to the field for New York and Tom Coughlin on the Giants’ running back options.