Hilliman cleared waivers and signed with the Giants' practice squad on Monday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports. Hilliman was considered a strong candidate to land on the practice squad after getting waived by the Giants on Friday. The undrafted rookie out of Rutgers started at running back in Thursday's loss to the Patriots due to Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) being sidelined. The team hopes to have both back in Week 7, which means Hilliman will have to wait for another opportunity.
The Giants waived Hilliman on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The undrafted rookie out of Rutgers filled in as the Giants' starting running back in Thursday's 35-14 loss to the Patriots, finishing with 35 yards and a lost fumble on 13 touches. With Hilliman no longer on the roster, Javorius Allen has been signed to provide depth behind Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion). The Giants hope to have both Barkley and Gallman available for Week 7 against Arizona.
Hilliman rushed 11 times for 38 yards and secured both of his targets for minus-3 yards in the Giants' 35-14 loss to the Patriots on Thursday. He also lost a fumble. The rookie drew the start with both Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) inactive, but he didn't receive a very hefty workload with the game script turning against the ground attack in the second half. Hilliman also didn't help his cause with a fumble after a fourth-quarter catch, one that was forced by Jamie Collins and scooped up and returned by Kyle Van Noy for a 22-yard touchdown with 8:33 remaining. That extended the Patriots' lead to 28-14 after New England had turned the ball over on downs in the prior possession. Both Barkley and Gallman should be available for a Week 7 matchup against the Cardinals a week from Sunday, which will likely render Hilliman a healthy scratch.
Hilliman will start Thursday's contest at New England, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports. With Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) ruled out in advance of this contest, the Giants were expected to throw Hilliman into the fire. The offense also is without two additional pass catchers in Sterling Shepard (concussion) and Evan Engram, so the game plan could tilt in the direction of the backfield with rookie Daniel Jones at the helm against a ferocious Pats defense. Hilliman's sole competitors for reps are fullback Elijhaa Penny and recently promoted undrafted rookie Austin Walter.
Hilliman is on pace to start Thursday at New England after both Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) were ruled out for the contest. Hilliman doesn't have a great opportunity to take advantage of the elevated role, facing a Patriots defense that ranks third against the run (78 yards per game) and first in scoring (6.8 points per contest) by a considerable margin. Though he's had a regular role in the Daniel Jones-led offense the past two games, Hilliman has averaged just 2.8 yards per carry on his 19 rushes.
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