Draughn has agreed to terms on a contract with the Giants, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. Draughn entered last season as San Francisco's No. 2 running back, and while he proved to be a useful complement to Carlos Hyde on passing downs, the 29-year-old gained only 196 yards on 74 carries (2.6 YPC), dropping his career-long YPC to an ugly 3.2. This doesn't seem like a great fit, as the Giants already have a pair of solid pass-catching backs in Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen (triceps). Draughn could round out the depth chart while contributing on special teams, or he may be viewed as an insurance policy for Vereen. It's also possible Draughn will end up clawing for one of the final roster spots if the Giants add more talent in the backfield.
Draughn caught four of six targets for 68 yards and added 41 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Draughn circled out of the backfield for gains of 27 and 29 yards and put San Francisco in the driver's seat early with a pair of one-yard touchdown runs. The veteran journeyman enters free agency as a player who has found a niche in San Francisco as a pass-catching back. His future in the Bay Area is somewhat limited, however, given the likely changes at the top and the fact that Carlos Hyde, who missed Sunday's game with an injury, is one of the few pieces of promise on the team's roster.
Draughn only gained 17 yards on 10 carries, but he tied a season-high with six catches for 48 yards in Saturday's 22-21 win over the Rams. This was the type of performance those in deep PPR leagues were hoping for from the receiving back all season. Unfortunately, this was just the third time Draughn had five or more catches, and only the fourth time he topped 30 receiving yards, making him more of a headache than a fantasy factor this season. That being said, the journeyman back may get a healthy dose of touches next week if Carlos Hyde (knee) is unable to suit up. The matchup would come against the Seahawks, so even with a start, Draughn would be a desperate flex play at best.
Draughn carried the ball four times for 15 yards in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. Draughn continues to spell Carlos Hyde on Sundays, but his role as a receiving back seems to have disappeared in recent weeks. With just one catch (negative five yards) on three targets over his last three games, Draughn is no longer a deep PPR option.
Draughn carried seven times for 32 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Jets. He lost five yards while catching his only target. Draughn had a productive game by his modest standards, totaling a season high in rushing yardage while finding the end zone for the firs time since Week 1. Carlos Hyde continues to serve as the team's early-down workhose, which limits Draughn's effectiveness and puts an extreme cap on his fantasy upside heading into next week's matchup with the Falcons.
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