New York Giants add former Rutgers RB Jon Hilliman to roster

Jon Hilliman, New York Giants. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
Jon Hilliman, New York Giants. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

Facing injuries to several skill players on offense, the New York Giants signed former Rutgers running back Jon Hilliman to the main roster.

For all the good that came out of the New York Giants first victory of 2019 last week, there was some bad news mixed in as well. First, it came out that star running back Saquon Barkley could miss up to two months with a high ankle sprain. The G-Men then announced yesterday that wide receiver Russell Shepard was headed to injured reserve with a foot injury he sustained against the Bucs.

Both men will be sorely missed. Anyone who follows the New York Giants or NFL football, in general, knows how much of a talent Barkley is and what he brings to the team. His production will be sorely missed.

Entering this season, Big Blue was counting on Shepard to be an important depth receiver for the team, especially since offseason free-agent signing Golden Tate is suspended the first four games of the season. Now neither Barkley or Russell Shepard will be part of the Giants immediate future.

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To fill one of their openings, the G-Men promoted former Rutgers Scarlet Knights running back Jon Hilliman from the practice squad to the main roster. He is 5-11, 216 pounds with good speed.

The 23-year-old had a nice preseason for Big Blue, carrying the ball 25 times for 80 yards and a pair of scores. Additionally, he showed good hands, catching six passes for 36 yards. Although the performance wasn’t good enough to land an opening day roster spot, Coach Pat Shurmur thought enough of Hilliman to keep him around on the practice squad.

Hilliman played the 2018 season at Rutgers as a graduate transfer from Boston College. With the Scarlet Knights, he played in 11 games, garnering 480 total yards and six touchdowns. His best performance with the Scarlet Knights was against Illinois on October 6 against Illinois. In that one, Hilliman ran 10 times for 76 yards, and a touchdown, caught three passes for 20 yards, and returned a kickoff for another 27 yards.

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While Jon Hilliman may not be a huge part of the New York Giants offense, he will be an important contributor to the special teams.