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New York Giants Sign RB Peyton Hillis: The Giants signed RB/FB Peyton Hillis on Wednesday. Hillis has spent time with the Broncos, Browns, Chiefs, and Buccaneers since being drafted in 2008. The Buccaneers released him in September. As previously reported, the Giants waived/injured RB Da’Rel Scott on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay’s offensive coordinator, Mike Sullivan, was with the Giants from 2004-2011.
“I’m coming in with an open heart and open mind,” Hillis said, “and I’m looking to do whatever the coaching staff needs me to do to help this team win…From what I understand, a lot of the terminology is the same as it was in Tampa, and so it may be a quick process. Maybe, maybe not. We’ll see. A lot of the plays are the same. It’s just different terminology. As long as you get the terminology down, you’ll be fine. Here though, it seems like it’s the same as Tampa’s, so it shouldn’t be that big of a (transition).”
Hillis had his best season in 2010 when he rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 61 passes for 477 yards and two touchdowns for the Browns.
“I firmly believe I never had too much of an opportunity after I left Cleveland,” Hillis said. “I was behind Jamaal Charles at Kansas City. I didn’t get too much playing time. I felt when I got in I did well, and then I was in Tampa and never really got to touch the field because of Doug Martin. He’s pretty good. I’m just here to do whatever I can to help the team win. I think that this is a good team that can turn it around.”
“I came at peace with myself and my situation long ago,” Hillis said. “All I can do is what I can right now, so I can’t look in the past. I’ve got to keep on going.”
New York Giants Sign RB Jeremy Wright to the Practice Squad: The Giants signed RB Jeremy Wright to the Practice Squad on Wednesday. Wright is a rookie free agent who spent three weeks with the Giants in May 2013 before being waived. As previously reported, the Giants terminated the Practice Squad contract of LB LB Darin Drakeford on Tuesday.
Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Minnesota Media Conference Call: The transcript of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s media conference call with the Minnesota press is available at Giants.com.
QB Eli Manning’s Media Minnesota Conference Call: The transcript of QB Eli Manning’s media conference call with the Minnesota press is available at Giants.com.
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