The signing of RB Peyton Hillis today is a sure sign the Giants want to make sure their backs can block as well as they can carry the football.
Along with Brandon Jacobs and FB Jon Conner, Hillis (6’1″, 245) gives the Giants’ backfield a new, physical wrinkle. In just a few weeks, the Giants have gone from a team whose RBs who struggled in short yardage situation and protection, to a team that could possibly dominate in those areas. Injuries have given RB coach Jerald Ingram has a whole new crew to handle with completely different skill sets.
Conner got his first start against the Bears last week and helped Jacobs turn back the clock with a smashing performance (106 yds, 2 TD). Hillis brings another dimension to the attack: he can catch the ball as well as run it.
In 2010, while with Cleveland, Hillis rushed for 1177 yards and 11 TDs. He also caught 61 passes for 477 yards and 2 TDs.
“I’m coming in with an open heart and open mind,” Hillis told Giants.com’s Michael Eisen. “And I’m looking to do whatever the coaching staff needs me to do to help this team win.”
Hillis was last with Tampa Bay, whose OC is former Giants offensive assistant Mike Sullivan.
“From what I understand, a lot of the terminology is the same as it was in Tampa, and so it may be a quick process,” Hillis said. “Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see….A lot of the plays are the same. It’s just different terminology. As long as you get the terminology down, you’ll be fine. Here though, it seems like it’s the same as Tampa’s, so it shouldn’t be that big of a (transition).”