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March 12, 2020 02:36 PM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: Inks two-year deal
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Penny (back) signed a two-year contact with the Giants on Wednesday, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Penny was set to become a restricted free agent when free agency began, but he'll now remain in New York for the next couple years. The fullback mostly works as a blocker and contributes on special teams, though he also had 15 carries for 39 yards in 2019.

January 6, 2020 11:44 PM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: Just 48 scrimmage yards in 2019
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Penny (back) carried the ball 15 times for 39 yards across 16 games in 2019. He also secured two of four targets for nine yards.

Penny plays a key role on special teams for the Giants, and he also occasionally contributes on offense as a blocker. The 26-year-old is set to become a restricted free agent, and it remains to be seen if the Giants will opt to retain him.

December 29, 2019 05:24 PM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: Sustains back injury
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Penny was forced out of Sunday's game against the Eagles with a back injury, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Penny rarely rushes the ball with just 15 carries over 15 games, but he's a valued fullback while contributing on special teams. The Giants don't have another fullback, so they may opt to use either Kaden Smith or Garrett Dickerson in the backfield if necessary.

December 2, 2019 12:44 PM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: Rushes twice in loss
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Penny took two carries for two yards and couldn't haul in his only target during Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Packers.

Penny was deployed on two third downs and converted on one of them while being stuffed on the other. The 26-year-old isn't the concern of fantasy owners, but he's a worthy real-life value in short-yardage situations.

October 30, 2019 01:40 AM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: Receives one carry
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Penny had one carry for three yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions.

Penny played only 10 offensive snaps and has been minimally involved in the offense during games in which Saquon Barkley is healthy. The fullback is typically used on special teams but sees occasional work as a backfield blocker.

October 11, 2019 03:28 PM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: Season-high touches in loss
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Penny rushed three times for six yards during Thursday's 35-14 loss to the Patriots. He also caught one of two targets but did not gain any receiving yards.

Penny's involvement in New York's offense was elevated Thursday due to Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) both being inactive. With the Giants hoping for at least one of those two running backs to return Week 7, Penny is unlikely to see his touches increase going forward.

October 8, 2019 10:20 PM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: Enhanced role may await
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Penny could be in store for an elevated role in the Giants' game plan Thursday against the Patriots with neither Saquon Barkley (ankle) nor Wayne Gallman (concussion) expected to be available to play, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Barkley was a limited participant in practice Tuesday while Gallman was held out of the session entirely, but with the Giants facing a quick turnaround for their Week 6 matchup, the team will likely err on the side of caution with its franchise back and hold him out for a third straight contest. If that's the case, the Giants will count Penny and Jon Hilliman as the lone healthy backfield options on the 53-man roster, though the team would almost certainly promote Austin Walter from the practice squad before Thursday to provide additional depth. Though he's listed as a fullback, Penny spent the first two years in the pro ranks as a tailback and owns a 3.9 yards-per-carry mark over 46 career totes. Considering that Hilliman is an undrafted rookie who has delivered underwhelming production to date, it wouldn't be surprising if the Giants ultimately chose to lean more heavily on Penny as Thursday's contest unfolds.

September 30, 2019 09:40 AM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: Gets three carries
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Penny had three carries for 12 yards against the Redskins on Sunday.

Normally slotted at fullback, Penny saw some work at running back after Jon Hilliman fumbled. It's possible the Giants stick with Hilliman or bring in another back this week, but Penny could see more carries behind Wayne Gallman in Week 5 while Saquon Barkley recovers from an ankle injury.

March 12, 2019 02:40 PM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: Re-ups with Giants
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Penny is re-signing an undisclosed contract with the Giants, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Penny rushed seven times for 25 yards across 14 games with the Giants last season. He also caught eight passes for 50 yards. The 6-foot-2, 234-pound fullback will make most of his impact in 2019 as a blocker for lead running back Saquon Barkley.

March 7, 2019 04:28 PM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: Tendered by New York
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Penny was tendered a contract by the Giants on Wednesday, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Penny, an exclusive-rights free agent, joined the Giants in September after being let go by the Cardinals following the preseason. The 25-year-old fullback rushed seven times for 25 yards and caught eight passes for 50 yards while logging 122 offensive snaps over 14 games.

December 17, 2018 11:52 PM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: One rush Sunday
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Penny recorded one rush for two yards in Sunday's loss to the Titans.

Penny saw only six offensive snaps Sunday, his lowest total since Week 8. There is a chance he could see more reps to finish off the year as the Giants are now officially eliminated from the playoff race.

November 15, 2018 07:03 PM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: Practices in full
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Penny (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Carmen Vital of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Penny appears to have fully recovered from a back injury sustained during Monday's win over the 49ers. The fullback is on track to suit up for Sunday's tilt against the Buccaneers, but is unlikely to play a notable role on the Giants' offense.

November 15, 2018 01:32 PM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: Nursing back injury
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Penny is nursing a back injury and would have been withheld from Wednesday's practice had the Giants held a formal session, Jordan Raanan of reports.

The Giants instead held a jog-through session Wednesday and will likely stage their first practice of the week Thursday. Another update on the fullback should come at that time, but it appears there's some concern about his availability for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

October 24, 2018 01:56 PM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: One carry Monday
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Penny ran the ball once for two yards in Monday's loss to the Falcons.

Penny only logged six offensive reps in the contest, but that ties his season-high in offensive action. His first carry of the year was nothing to note, and the fullback isn't likely to see an expanded role anytime soon.

September 19, 2018 07:40 PM
Giants' Elijhaa Penny: Picked up by Giants
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Penny signed with the Giants on Tuesday, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Penny played 16 games for the Cardinals as a rookie, but spent the first part of his third season on Arizona's practice squad (as he did in 2016). The Giants' starting fullback, Shane Smith, struggled through two weeks and was subsequently waived Wednesday, so Penny will get a good look at the role. Still, Penny does not project to be fantasy relevant as he'll presumably be used more in a blocking role.

May 4, 2018 02:00 PM
Cardinals' Elijhaa Penny: Changing positions
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Penny is making the transition to fullback, H-back and tight end, Mike Jurecki of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.

Penny, who went undrafted out of Idaho in 2016, has spent his first two professional seasons at running back, where he racked up 124 yards and two scores on 31 rushes (4.0 YPC) in 2017. His transition to a blocking role could be a signal that Arizona's new coaching staff doesn't view him as a legitimate candidate for the backup job behind workhorse running back David Johnson. However, it could also be viewed as a lack of confidence in tight end Jermaine Gresham (Achilles) being ready for Week 1. Either way, Chase Edmonds, who the Cardinals plucked in the fourth round of this year's draft, now seems to be the preferred handcuff to Johnson in advance of 2018 fantasy drafts.

March 9, 2018 06:04 PM
Cardinals' Elijhaa Penny: Receives tender
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The Cardinals tabbed Penny with the exclusive rights tender Friday, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports.

Active for all 16 games last season, Penny didn't reach double-digit offensive snaps in a game until the final three contests, when he accounted for most of his production. Overall, he turned 31 carries into 124 yards and two touchdowns while corralling four of six targets for 38 yards. With David Johnson returning to full health, Penny will be little more than an insurance policy within the Cardinals backfield.

January 4, 2018 07:28 PM
Cardinals' Elijhaa Penny: Totals 162 scrimmage yards in 2017
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Penny accrued 31 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns along with four catches (on six targets) for 38 yards in 16 games with the Cardinals in 2017.

Primarily a special-teams contributor for most of the season, Penny become more involved in the offense after Adrian Peterson injured his neck in Week 13. From that point forward, he earned 67 of his 96 offensive snaps for the year, during which he recorded all but one of his rushes and receptions apiece. Working behind veritable workhorse Kerwynn Williams, Penny was used as a short-yardage specialist, yet he still averaged 4.0 YPC in his first stint as a pro. Penny is an exclusive-rights free agent in the offseason, so if the Cardinals opt to offer him a tender, he'll likely have to earn his way onto the 53-man roster with David Johnson (wrist) and 2017 fifth-round pick T.J. Logan (wrist) back to full health and Williams likely around due to his passable spell as the lead runner.

December 31, 2017 03:24 PM
Cardinals' Elijhaa Penny: Active Week 17
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Penny (hand) is active for Sunday's contest at Seattle, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

In Kerwynn Williams' (quad/ribs) first two starts, Penny had a minimal role as a short-yardage back. That said, over the last two games, Penny's workload has increased, resulting in 10 touches for 41.5 yards from scrimmage per outing. Williams remains the No. 1 option out of the backfield, but Penny seemingly has carved out a modest snap count of late.

December 29, 2017 05:36 PM
Cardinals' Elijhaa Penny: Uncertain for Week 17
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Penny (hand/groin) remained limited at Friday's practice and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Seattle, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Penny never got the chance to build on his 10-carry, 45-yard performance in Week 15 against Washington, as Kerwynn Williams (quadriceps/ribs) managed to play in last week's 23-0 win over the Giants. Both running backs seem to be on track for the regular-season finale, likely relegating Penny to his usual role as a short-yardage specialist and occasional early down replacement. D.J. Foster handles most of the receiving work out of the backfield.

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