The New York Giants had a horrible 2013 season. As you know, they ended up signing Peyton Hillis, former Madden cover boy to fill their depth chart. Many people mocked this decision, but he ended up doing a decent job. Recently, the Giants re-signed Hillis to a 2-year contract worth $1.8 million dollars. Here are five reasons why this is a good move:
1) Protection for Eli
If it’s one thing that some of the other Giants RB’s haven’t been able to do, it’s protect Eli Manning. This, of course, is the number one priority for the offense–so it’s no surprise that the Giants were happy to have a running back in Peyton Hillis that understood blocking and had a big body to accomplish it. On another note, Eli Manning really likes Hillis, probably because he can count on him to block.
2) Small cap hit
For the most part, the Giants aren’t investing too much money in Hillis. Just last year Hillis thought his career was over, but then the Giants called him. Both parties like each other and could benefit from this partnership. Most importantly, though, it’s a small risk with a potential for a big reward. If the Giants went out and grabbed a different running back to fill the depth chart, they might either be paying too much, or else not have a solid player.
3) A good story
After last season, I am a huge Peyton Hillis supporter. The Giants season gave little for people to watch last year, so getting a washed up player who ended up being decent and resurrected his career for the time being was a great story. I think Peyton Hillis understands this and will look to capitalize on it this season.
In about 7 games, Peyton Hillis was able to provide some form of a rushing game while being utilized as a blocker and a receiver. No, his numbers were not astounding but they were somewhat respectable–and it was much better than we had. Given that he was not in top shape when he joined the roster, I’m expecting Hillis to have more of an impact in the upcoming season; he will certainly build up endurance and strength during the off-season.
5) We’re talking about a back-up
If all goes well, Peyton Hillis will not be the every down back; I think that much is obvious. In supporting Hillis I’m not suggesting he will be rushing for over 1,000 yards, but I do believe he is a great back up acquisition. He will be good for some short yardage situations, pass protection, and even some receiving routes.
I’m excited for what the upcoming season has to bring; I’m anticipating seeing Peyton Hillis prove that he belongs in the NFL. Thank you, New York Giants, for re-signing him.