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New York Giants’ Peyton Hillis Approaching Final Preseason Game with a Rookie’s Mindset

August 28th, 2014 at 8:55 AM
By Daniel Graham

Ask any New York Giants fan who they would like to see Big Blue keep as their week one running backs, and you may hear a series of different answers. But despite running back Peyton Hillis being injured since August 6th, there are still many fans that would like to have him stay.

Hillis returned to practice Sunday after suffering injuries to his foot and ankle. In that eighteen day span, the Giants played three of their five preseason games, and Hillis was unsure if he would be ready in time for the preseason finale against the New England Patriots.

Hillis spoke to the media Sunday after his first practice back.

“Oh my goodness, it was nice,” Hillis said in response to being asked how it felt to be on the field again. “It was good to be out there with the guys again, just fun. I’m looking forward to hopefully playing this week (in the preseason finale vs. New England).”

Hillis' productivity in practice this week is a good indication that he has fully recovered. Wednesday's practice saw Hillis make a juggling catch off a deflected pass from Ryan Nassib. Peyton also brought up that it was important to him to get back on the field so he can learn the offense hands on.

“A lot of it is just repetition, getting in there, learning your reads in the run game and in the pass game,” he said. “Get stuff down so it becomes second nature. All that takes is getting in there and doing it. You can’t be on the sideline doing that.”

Running backs Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams are leading the race now when it comes to New York's week one running game. Michael Cox looks to be in the hunt for that third spot while Kendall Gaskins is the wild card. Peyton Hillis has the steepest hill to climb after missing three games, but his experience arguably rises above the rest out of the five, but none of that matters when he, at this moment, is competing for that third spot. Hillis compared his mindset towards making the roster to a rookie's.

“That’s the mindset you’ve got to have,” Hillis said. “You never know what’s going to happen. You never know what upstairs (coaches and management) is going to do, so you just have to go out there and do your best.”

The one thing however that is in Hillis' favor is that in March, the Giants gave him a two year contract extension worth $1.8 million. So cutting him this season will result in a decent sized cap hit. The 28-year-old still has plenty of fight left in him, and many Giants fans hope to see him in an expanded role against the Patriots to help his roster chances. Should he get waived, it is certain that teams will line up to take him.


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20 Responses to “New York Giants’ Peyton Hillis Approaching Final Preseason Game with a Rookie’s Mindset”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Dirt says:
    August 28, 2014 at 8:53 AM
    Well, Tony Gonzalez recently said he’d listen if a contender calls late in the season…

    All they gotta do is be a contender late in the season.

    Pretty easy solution to the TE problem.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      This sounds great to me. Tony as an old man is 1000X our young guys combined. We don’t have any TE on our roster that should even be allowed to have the TE designation.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    TE is so over discussed here just as LB has been. TEs especially just aren’t not going to decide our season. We won a SB with Ballard and Pascoe. I understand the concerns about the group not being good enough. I can’t say from what they have shown they shouldn’t be concerns about them. But at the end of the day I highly doubt the performance of our TEs will be a critical factor for us this year if we play poorly.

    Look at how GB used it’s TEs last year. They barely used them, even less than us I believe. Their offense also dealt with a rookie 5th round starting LT and injuries to WRs. So I think our OC is well equipped to handle the concerns we have on offense if Eli plays well, which I think he will.

    Like I said a few times the past few days a far more important topic is our DEs. We need JPP to be JPP of old or at least somewhere close. We also need to play Moore heavy snaps if not start him. I think we also need a pass rushing 5th DE. I like Wynn for that role but their could be a player from somewhere else like the Rams.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      Ballard and Pascoe were both better than the motley crew we have on our team now. Ballard may have been slow, but he could catch and block, same could be said for Pascoe. Robinson can’t even do those two things, and he is slow.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        No one said those things at this point before the season. People were talking about adding a TE then. Ballard definitely had a better preseason than this group but he wasn’t more talented than any of these guys, neither was Pascoe. And I don’t get all this talk about not being able to block at TE or the OL when our RBs have run very well this whole preseason. I think the run blocking is good enough even if it’s not great.

  3.  Krow says:

    I see Beason had a case of food poisoning last week. That would never have happened when Fat Boy Pierce was here. He knew where to eat, and would have set him straight before he ended up in that ptomaine trap. Like they say, everyone brings something to the table. Then AP eats it.

  4.  GIANTT says:

    Krow , Dirt thank you for the image . My diet is safe
    As far as Corey Washington goes , for some reason I thought he was heavier than that so I will give you that perhaps he is a little light to be constantly going over the middle etc . But my thought of look elsewhere still goes .

    •  Krow says:

      To be honest, the WR and TE positions are very different in what they require from a player. It would be a tough transition in either direction.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    And I think it’s telling that none of these great TEs have won even one SB combined. Graham, Gronk, Witten, Gates, Gonzalez, Davis etc. It’s great to have a great TE but it’s way overrated in terms of winning. Not to say we shouldn’t strive to have a good group of TEs but the importance in winning football games is overrated.

    •  Krow says:

      It’s the aggregate amount of talent on your team that matters. We’ve won SBs with Mark Bavaro … and Bear Pascoe.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        We won a SB losing Shockey and GB won a SB losing Finley. My point is these fantastic fantasy football pass catching TEs that everyone loves are not key to winning SBs even in today’s pass happy NFL. In fact some no names TEs have won SBs in recent years. The fact they coem from GB and us should mean our coaches should no how to use the TEs we do have.

        •  Krow says:

          There’s no single position that’s key to winning a SB. Dan Marino agrees.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            That use to be the case. It’s QB but there’s always exceptions like last year with Seattle. Your QB has to play really well in the playoffs to win a SB usually.

  6.  Krow says:

    Is Robinson really slow … or just slow witted? I thought he was quite the physical specimen?

    Pre draft said this …

    “Robinson, 23, is extremely athletic at nearly 6-foot-5 and 264 pounds, running the 40-yard dash in 4.51 and 4.58 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout. ”

    Where the hell did this guy go ? …

    •  GOAT56 says:

      He gained some weight and he’s thinking too much out there. That’s why I think he can be much better than we have seen so far. If he can understand the offense enough to let his athleticism shine he can do some good things for us. That’s why him playing in a 2 minute offense setting is good for him. Less thinking. Maybe he’s just our passing game TE he can contribute from game one as he learns the early down responsibilities better.

    •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

      He doe not quite fill his helmet :)

      •  rlhjr says:

        He got paid and developed a case of fatlazystupiditus. The kid is not hungry either emotionally or physically. In other words Rob don’t miss many meals.

  7.  Since 1963 says:

    I think TEs DO matter, but not necessarily as receivers. During the last game, Howard Cross was pointing out how Larry Donnell missed certain blocks, which led to plays getting blown up. After all, TE is part of the OL.

    All of this made me wonder whether Howard would care to suit up again. . . .

  8.  rlhjr says:

    In this offense the tight end must be able to play like fullback. That is he must be able to target defenders and take them out on the run. Then he must be able to function like a offensive lineman in pass protection.

    The ability to either get down field, or run drag/flare/flat patterns would be a plus because it gives the QB a safety valve. A guy like Grham, Ebron, Gonzalez and at one time Finley are the top of the line models. Because they can run deep middle or outs and come up with the ball.

    Their drawback is blocking. However, the have the physical tools to emulate what a fullback does, and can be taught to either chip, or get in the way of on coming defenders. If they are” football” players, they will block and perform the pass catching duties as well.

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