With Saquon Barkley out for a few weeks, the Giants had to add another running back to the backfield. They hosted a few veterans this week, but they're going to dip into their practice squad instead with RB Jon Hilliman signed to an NFL contract.
Head coach Pat Shurmur noted that a roster move would be coming soon, and when asked about his practice squad players that he's seen at practice, Shurmur immediately mentioned how well Hilliman has been doing.
"Jon Hilliman obviously has done a nice job for us through training camp," Shurmur told Giants.com's Michael Eisen. "We have him here because we feel like he's got a chance to be a good player."
Hilliman, a Rutgers product, had a solid preseason with the Giants. Week 2 against the Bears was his best game, totaling 56 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown. Overall he had 80 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns, while showing he can catch out of the backfield as well with three receptions for 19 yards.
Wayne Gallman will definitely be getting most of the work, having served as Barkley's backup. He noted being ready for the "big opportunity," and said that he's going to show everyone who he is.
It's also a big opportunity for Hilliman, who will be making his NFL debut when he hits the turf.
The corresponding move for Hilliman was WR Russell Shepard hitting the IR after suffering a foot sprain during the Week 3 win over the Bucs.