Elijhaa Penny

Elijhaa Penny

Running Back #35
Team: New York Giants
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 233 lb.
College:Idaho
Age:27
Born:August 17, 1993
Drafted:2016 / UDFA

Elijhaa Penny: Shifts to IR

Penny (illness) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Zack Rosenblatt of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Penny had already been ruled out for Week 17, but his shift to IR allowed for the Giants to activate linebacker Kyler Fackrell (lower leg).

January 2, 2021 1:17 PM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Out Week 17

Penny (illness) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Analysis: Penny is slated to miss a second consecutive contest with the illness, so his 2020 campaign will end with six carries for 15 yards and two catches on three targets for 20 yards in 14 games.

January 1, 2021 12:46 PM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Missing from practice

Penny (illness) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Penny has been away from the Giants since Sunday, when he was made inactive ahead of the team's loss to the Ravens after picking up an illness. The Giants have clarified that the ailment isn't related to COVID-19, but Penny's ongoing absence from practice nonetheless casts some on his availability for the Week 17 matchup with the Cowboys. The fullback has handled a minor role on offense over his 14 appearances this season, playing no more than 14 snaps in any contest.

December 31, 2020 9:43 AM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Still sidelined by illness

Penny (illness) didn't practice Wednesday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: This illness is not related to COVID-19 but it's clearly no walk in the park, as it also kept Penny out of last week's loss to the Ravens. The fullback and special teams contributor will have two more chances to resume practicing before Sunday's showdown with the Cowboys.

December 30, 2020 12:34 PM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Out with illness

Penny (illness) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Penny's illness is not related to COVID-19. The Giants will take the field without a fullback Sunday, although Penny's main contributions come on special teams.

December 27, 2020 9:04 AM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Inks two-year deal

Penny (back) signed a two-year contact with the Giants on Wednesday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: 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 on special teams, though he also had 15 carries for 39 yards in 2019.

March 11, 2020 8:58 PM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Just 48 scrimmage yards in 2019

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.

Analysis: 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.

January 6, 2020 8:43 PM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Sustains back injury

Penny was forced out of Sunday's game against the Eagles with a back injury, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: 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 29, 2019 2:22 PM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Rushes twice in loss

Penny took two carries for two yards and couldn't haul in his only target during Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: 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.

December 2, 2019 9:41 AM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Season-high touches in loss

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.

Analysis: 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 11, 2019 12:24 PM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Enhanced role may await

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.

Analysis: 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 yard-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.

October 8, 2019 10:47 AM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Gets three carries

Penny had three carries for 12 yards against the Redskins Sunday.

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

September 30, 2019 3:20 AM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Re-ups with Giants

Penny is re-signing an undisclosed contract with the Giants, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: 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 12, 2019 11:38 AM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Tendered by Giants

Penny was tendered a contract by the Giants on Wednesday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Penny is an exclusive rights free agent and joined the Giants in September after being let go by the Cardinals at roster cutdowns. The 25-year-old rushed seven times for 25 yards and caught eight passes for 50 yards as the fullback played 122 offensive snaps in 14 games during 2018.

March 6, 2019 6:46 PM EST

Elijhaa Penny: One rush Sunday

Penny recorded one rush for two yards in Sunday's loss to the Titans.

Analysis: 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.

December 17, 2018 8:50 PM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Practices in full

Penny (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: 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 against the Buccaneers on Sunday, but is unlikely to play a notable role on the Giants' offense.

November 15, 2018 1:51 PM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Nursing back injury

Penny would not have participated if the Giants held a practice Wednesday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The Giants held a jog-through Wednesday, but Penny's back injury is evidently severe enough to indicate that he would not have participated if the team had practiced. The fullback's availability for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers appears to be in question.

November 14, 2018 1:23 PM EST

Elijhaa Penny: One carry Monday

Penny ran the ball once for two yards in Monday's loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: 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.

October 23, 2018 8:40 PM EST

Elijhaa Penny: Picked up by Giants

Penny signed with the Giants on Tuesday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Penny played 16 games for the Cardinals as a rookie, but until Tuesday had yet to find a roster for his sophomore season. The Giants' starting full back, Shane Smith, has struggled through two weeks, so Penny could get a good look to earn the role. Still, he does not project any fantasy relevance, as he will presumably be used more in a blocking role.

September 18, 2018 4:18 PM EST

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