Peyton Hillis to carry the load for Giants on Monday night

Giants' Peyton Hillis has chance to revitalize career on MNF

10/21/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

New York Giants fans - who have been tortured to the tune of an 0-6 record to start the season - got a little glimpse of encouragement in their most recent game. In Week 6, recently signed running back Brandon Jacobs turned the clock back a few years and ran for 106 yards with two touchdowns. Though it looked for a moment as if Giants fans would an effective running back to watch on Monday Night Football against the Minnesota Vikings this week, that no longer appears to be the case.

Jacobs tweaked his hamstring late in the Giants' Week 6 loss to the Chicago Bears. The injury was minor and Jacobs put in a limited practice on Thursday, but he suffered a setback over the weekend and now appears doubtful for Monday night. In the likely event of his absence, the Giants will roll with Peyton Hillis - who signed as a free agent less than a week ago - as their lead back.

Blog Photo - Peyton Hillis to carry the load for Giants on Monday nightJust about every football fan knows Hillis, who appeared on the cover of Madden NFL 12 after his breakout season in 2010. During that 2010 campaign, Hillis ran for 1,177 yards, caught 61 passes for 477 yards, and scored 13 touchdowns. He has completely faltered since, however, due to both injuries and mere ineffectiveness. In 23 games since his career-best campaign, Hillis has averaged just 39.0 yards per contest on 3.6 per carry while scoring just four touchdowns.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked up Hillis over the offseason, but he could not even crack the final roster on a team that ended up using a sixth-round rookie as their No. 2 running back. He latched on with the Giants after injuries to Andre Brown, David Wilson, and Da'Rel Scott, and he'll now be thrown right into the fire thanks to Jacobs' setback.

ESPN New York reported on Monday afternoon that they expect Hillis to be the "primary ball carrier" on Monday night. He's coming in at a great time, as the Giants' offensive line is coming off of its best game of the season, and the Vikings are ranked 27th against the run. Even so, Hillis has shown very little signs over the past few years of the burst that he used to rack up over a thousand yards in 2010. He's certainly not a great bet to light up the Vikings defense, but he will have a chance to prove that he can still be a viable runner.

Seventh-round rookie Michael Cox - a talented youngster who is still very raw - is also likely to factor into the Giants' backfield, but it should be Hillis who carries the load. If you are dreading the fact that this game features two teams who have combined for one win this season, you can at least tune in to take a look at Hillis and see if he has anything left in the tank.
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