New York Giants sign All-UFL RB after he led league in rushing TDs this spring

More depth for the Giants RBs room has arrived.
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While there had been speculation the NY Giants could end up adding a veteran running back before camp arrives, it looks like general manager Joe Schoen has gone in a different direction. Instead, he's plucked a stud UFL RB to try and help ease the pain from losing Saquon Barkley.

At mandatory minicamp, St. Louis Battlehawks speedster Jacob Saylors made his way to East Rutherford for a workout. He clearly did enough to catch Schoen's attention. Things were taken a step further with a contract offer being extended and Saylors putting the pen to paper.

The NY Giants have signed St. Louis Blackhawks RB Jacob Saylors

Saylors looked quite strong in the UFL this past campaign, finishing No. 2 with his 461 rushing yards, while leading the league with five touchdowns. Checking in at 5-10, 200 pounds, Saylors signed as an undrafted free agent out of East Tennessee State in 2023 with the Bengals.

He made it through to the last preseason game, but then got cut before Week 1 arrived. He ended up joining the Falcons practice squad, but was released in January. This opened the door for him to make the move to the UFL and he made the most of his time there.

Saylors parlayed a big spring into a new deal with the Giants, a team that has a new look on offense and for the RBs room. Saquon Barkley is gone to Philly, with Devin Singletary, who signed a three-year deal this offseason, now the new leader of the group.

Behind Singletary, fifth-round pick Tyrone Tracy Jr. and Eric Gray are ready to battle it out for the No. 2 spot. Saylors provides some depth and he's going to hope to make enough noise at camp and the preseason to earn a roster spot.

Could the Giants still go after someone like Kareem Hunt or Dalvin Cook for some needed veteran experience? It's tough to say, but adding Saylors to the mix sure makes plenty of sense for Schoen and Co.