Giants add another intriguing talent to their backfield

Jacob Saylors, Giants
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The New York Giants reportedly signed running back Jacob Saylors, adding another intriguing talent to their rebuilt and revamped backfield. Saylors has minimal NFL experience but most recently made a name for himself with the St. Louis Battlehawks as one of the leading rushers in the UFL.

The Giants sign UFL running back Jacob Saylors

Jacob Saylors, Giants
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Saylors is signing with Big Blue after trying out for the team last week during their mandatory minicamp. He was released from his UFL contract following the end of the league’s season, making him free to join the G-Men.

In the UFL in 2023, Saylors racked up 460 rushing yards (second in the league) and five rushing touchdowns. He also added 151 yards and three touchdowns receiving.

Prior to playing in the UFL, Saylors spent some time in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Atlanta Falcons. He participated on the Bengals’ practice squad throughout the 2023 offseason before being signed to the Falcons’ practice squad during the regular season. Saylors has not seen any regular-season playing time but has spent the past year working on his game in the UFL.

Saylors will join a now-crowded Giants backfield

East Rutherford , NJ — May 10, 2024 -- Running back fifth round draft pick, Tyrone Tracy Jr. as the NY Giants hold their Rookie Camp and introduce their new draft picks.
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Saylors will join a Giants backfield led by Devin Singletary and complemented by rookie Tyrone Tracy Jr. and second-year rusher Eric Gray. They also have Dante Miller and Jashaun Corbin in the mix. Now with Saylors joining, the G-Men’s backfield has become a bit crowded.

Singletary and Tracy Jr. are considered locks to make the roster at the end of the summer. But a third and possibly fourth rusher could fight for a roster spot here with the competition now open between Gray, Miller, Corbin, and Saylors. Gray likely will get a roster spot as a fifth-round pick just one offseason ago. However, the battle for a potential No. 4 running back spot could get interesting.

For Saylors, the key to making the Giants’ roster will be contributing on special teams. But for the Giants, having another talented rusher on their practice squad is always a positive.

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