Elijhaa Penny

New York Giants
Running Back #35
New York Giants
Running Back #35

Elijhaa Penny News

Gets work in relief

Penny recorded five carries for 35 yards in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Raiders. He added two receptions for -8 yards.

Analysis: Devontae Booker dealt with a hip injury late in the game but was seemingly cleared from a major injury after undergoing X-rays, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. However, his absence gave Penny the chance to take over the backfield to close the game in the fourth quarter. Penny was fairly productive in the role, picking up gains of four and 12 yards on a drive that concluded with a field goal to put the Giants up seven. However, the team now heads into a Week 10 bye, which should give both Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Booker the chance to get healthy while leaving Penny with a minimal role.

Nov 7, 2021 6:58 PM EST


Not involved on offense

Penny failed to record a single rush in Monday's 20-17 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Penny played on just seven of the Giants' 60 offensive snaps Monday. Most of his work came on special teams, where he played 72 percent of snaps. Penny has been operating as the No. 2 running back behind Devontae Booker, but that hasn't translated into much fantasy value. With starter Saquon Barkley (ankle) nearing his return, Penny is best to be ignored for fantasy purposes.

Nov 3, 2021 3:51 AM EST



Ineffective in limited role

Penny carried nine times for 24 yards in Sunday's 25-3 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Penny operated as the Giants' No. 2 running back behind Devontae Booker as Saquon Barkley misses time with an ankle injury. As the team's fullback, Penny will likely revert to a very limited role when Barkley returns, which could be as soon as Week 8.

Oct 26, 2021 6:28 PM EST


Scores a short TD

Penny had three carries for 15 yards and a score Sunday against the Rams. He also caught one of two targets for one yard.

Analysis: Penny is the team's fullback and will occasionally take a hand-off, but Devontae Booker is firmly established as the starter with Saquon Barkley out.

Oct 19, 2021 1:52 AM EST


Gets a few touches

Penny rushed twice for 16 yards and caught his lone target for seven yards in Sunday's 17-13 preseason loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Penny not only blocked for Devontae Booker and Corey Clement, but the fullback also got involved with a few touches for himself. Regardless of who starts in the Giants' backfield in Week 1, when star Saquon Barkley will hopefully be ready to go, Penny is anticipated to serve as their lead blocker, having been the team's fullback since 2018.

Aug 22, 2021 1:47 PM EST



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).

Jan 2, 2021 1:17 PM EST


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.

Jan 1, 2021 12:46 PM EST


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.

Dec 31, 2020 9:43 AM EST


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.

Dec 30, 2020 12:34 PM EST


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.

Dec 27, 2020 9:04 AM EST


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.

Mar 11, 2020 8:58 PM EST


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.

Jan 6, 2020 8:43 PM EST


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.

Dec 29, 2019 2:22 PM EST


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.

Dec 2, 2019 9:41 AM EST


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.

Oct 11, 2019 12:24 PM EST


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.

Oct 8, 2019 10:47 AM EST


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.

Sep 30, 2019 3:20 AM EST


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.

Mar 12, 2019 11:38 AM EST


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.

Mar 6, 2019 6:46 PM EST


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.

Dec 17, 2018 8:50 PM EST


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