According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the Giants have re-signed veteran RB Peyton Hillis for two years at $900,000 per. After coaching high school football as late as October, Hillis ran for 247 yards on 73 carries in 2013 (3.4 YPC). Despite a history of fumbling issues, the Giants are extremely comfortable with Hillis’ presence in the backfield. Most notably because he’s well-schooled in pass protection.
Watching Hillis pitter patter around is rough on the eyes. He might blast open a defensive back on occasion, but more often than not Hillis is going straight down. 4% of his 73 carries cracked double-digit yardage last year. Hillis is slow and visually unimpressive. This note from rotoworld.com sums it up cogently:
“He should be viewed internally by the Giants as no more than an insurance policy. Hillis is a plus pass blocker, but offers no big-play ability as a runner, is in decline, and has a history of fumbling problems. He’s an uninspiring re-signing.”