Peyton Hillis ready for bigger role in Giants’ offense

Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Peyton Hillis (44) celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikingsduring the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants running back carousel has taken another spin, this time they’re using running back Peyton Hillis. It is incredible that he has gotten another shot at his NFL career. After a 1,000 yard rushing season, he hasn’t been able to perform like that again. Hillis was on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster earlier this season but then he was released, that had him thinking his career was over.

“It entered my mind a lot, and actually it entered my mind the last time about four or five weeks ago,” Hillis said. “I finally accepted that my career was probably over, and that’s why I didn’t work out for a few weeks there

He started on Monday Night Football and carried the ball 18 times for an unimpressive 36 yards. That had some speculating that he had jello legs, and Hillis was asked about it on NFL Network’s NFL AM.

“Most definitely,” Hillis said. ”I think it always takes a couple of weeks to get back into shape when you’re on the couch for five weeks. I’m thinking that, no matter what they ask me to do, my body is going to be in a lot better shape than it was last week, for sure.”

The Giants will need better than two yards per carry. And I don’t know how he could want an expanded role with the Giants. Aside from those 18 carries he had 5 receptions on six targets, that is 24 plays that went his way, and he managed to get a total of 81 yards. That is almost a third of the Giants plays in the game.

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