NY Giants make smart decision, signing ex-Eagles RB Corey Clement

Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement (Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports)
Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement (Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports) /

The NY Giants signed former Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement to provide upside on the depth chart and strong veteran leadership

The NY Giants have signed former Philadelphia Eagles running back, and Super Bowl hero, Corey Clement, following his tryout during the team’s rookie minicamp this weekend.

Clement, 26, has averaged four yards per carry through the first three-plus seasons of his NFL career. He was also instrumental in the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII victory over the New England Patriots, catching four passes for a team-high 100 yards and a touchdown, while also flipping the football to tight end Trey Burton, who passed it to quarterback Nick Foles for a touchdown on the “Philly Special.”

Given the questions now surrounding star running back Saquon Barkley’s durability, following his torn ACL suffered in Week 2 of the 2020 season, Clement is a viable insurance policy and provides quality veteran depth behind Barkley and free agent pickup Devontae Booker.

In 46 career games, the Glassboro native has rushed for 655 yards and seven touchdowns.

Given his propensity for making plays out of the backfield as a receiver, there’s also the chance that NY Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett could utilize him in the passing game as well as line him up either in the slot or in two-back sets alongside Barkley.

It is apparent, after signing Clement and capping an offseason that included signing free agents Kenny Golladay, John Ross, Kyle Rudolph, and drafting wide receiver Kadarius Toney in the first-round of the NFL Draft that the NY Giants are intent on adding as many weapons as possible around third-year quarterback Daniel Jones.

Clement has the opportunity now to earn a roster spot and battle the team that he played the first four seasons of his career for twice this season.

Matt Lombardo is FanSided’s National NFL Insider, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday. Email Matt: Matt.Lombardo@FanSided.com, Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL