Jonathan Hilliman

New York Giants
Running Back #23
New York Giants
Running Back #23

Jonathan Hilliman News

Cut loose by Giants

The Giants waived Hilliman on Sunday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Hilliman joined the Giants after going undrafted in 2019. He spent most of last season on the practice squad, but he also was active for three games and even started once when Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman were forced to miss Week 6 due to injury. Hilliman didn't exactly impress, racking up 30 carries for 91 yards and making three catches for one yard. He'll now look to latch on with another organization.

Aug 2, 2020 12:07 PM EST

Ink dries on future deal

Hilliman signed a reserve/futures contract with the Giants on Monday, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hilliman played three games for the Giants this year while Saquon Barkley dealt with an ankle injury. The undrafted rookie out of Rutgers rushed 30 times for 91 yards and added three receptions for one yard. When Barkley returned, Hilliman was promptly cut. Hilliman will have the opportunity to battle for a depth role behind Barkley in 2020.

Dec 30, 2019 12:32 PM EST

Joins Giants' practice squad

Hilliman cleared waivers and signed with the Giants' practice squad on Monday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Hilliman considered a strong candidate to land on the practice squad after getting waived by the Giants on Friday. The undrafted rookie out of Rugtgers started at running back in Thursday's loss to the Patriots due to Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) being sidelined. The team hopes to have both back in Week 7, which means Hilliman will have to wait for another opportunity.

Oct 14, 2019 3:46 PM EST

Waived after fumble

The Giants waived Hilliman on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of Rutgers filled in as the Giants' starting running back in Sunday's 35-14 loss to the Patriots, finishing with 35 yards and a lost fumble on 13 touches. With Hilliman no longer on the roster, Javorius Allen has been signed to provide depth behind Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion). The Giants hope to have both Barkley and Gallman available for Week 7 against Arizona.

Oct 11, 2019 2:00 PM EST

Key fumble in spot start

Hilliman rushed 11 times for 38 yards and secured both of his targets for minus-3 yards in the Giants' 35-14 loss to the Patriots on Thursday. He also lost a fumble.

Analysis: The rookie drew the start with both Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) inactive, but he didn't receive a very hefty workload with game script turning against the ground attack in the second half. Hilliman also didn't help his cause with a fumble after a fourth-quarter catch, one that was forced by Jamie Collins and scooped up and returned by Kyle Van Noy for a 22-yard touchdown with 8:33 remaining in the fourth quarter. That extended the Patriots' lead to 28-14 after New England had turned the ball over on downs in the prior possession. Both Barkley and Gallman should be available for a Week 7 matchup against the Cardinals a week from Sunday, which will likely render Hilliman a healthy scratch.

Oct 10, 2019 9:51 PM EST

Gets starting nod Thursday

Hilliman will start Thursday's contest at New England, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: With Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) ruled out in advance of this contest, the Giants were expected to throw Hilliman into the fire. The offense also is without two additional pass catchers in Sterling Shepard (concussion) and Evan Engram, so the game plan could tilt in the direction of the backfield with rookie Daniel Jones at the helm against a ferocious Pats defense. Hilliman's sole competitors for reps are fullback Elijhaa Penny and recently promoted undrafted rookie Austin Walter.

Oct 10, 2019 4:09 PM EST

Week 6 start on tap

Hilliman is on pace to start Thursday at New England after both Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) were ruled out, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hilliman doesn't have a great opportunity to take advantage of the elevated role, facing a Patriots defense that ranks third against the run (78 yards per game) and first in scoring (6.8 points per contest) by a long shot. Over the last two games, he's been a regular part of a Daniel Jones-led offense, yet Hilliman has averaged just 2.8 YPC on his 19 rushes.

Oct 9, 2019 10:25 AM EST

Looks in line for Week 6 start

Hilliman could handle starting duties Thursday against the Patriots with the Giants' top two running backs -- Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) -- both looking unlikely to play in the contest, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Analysis: Heading into the Week 6 matchup, HIlliman and fullback Elijhaa Penny are the lone healthy options in the backfield. The Giants will likely elevate Austin Walter from the practice squad to bolster their depth at the position, but Hilliman projects to shoulder most of the load at running back if both Barkley and Gallman are sidelined. While the enhanced role aids Hilliman's outlook, his poor efficiency (2.8 YPC on 19 totes this season) and underdeveloped pass-catching skills hinder his fantasy outlook. Moreover, a pass-happy game script could be in place with the Giants representing big underdogs in the contest, which would only further hurt Hilliman's chances of making an impact.

Oct 8, 2019 8:33 AM EST

Underwhelms after Gallman exit

Hilliman carried nine times for 20 yards and caught one of two targets for an additional four yards during Sunday's 28-10 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Hilliman stepped into a larger role after the departure of Wayne Gallman (concussion), leading the team in carries and rushing yardage. He underwhelmed despite receiving double-digit touches for the second week in a row, averaging just 2.2 yards per carry against a tough Vikings defense. Hilliman would presumably lead the backfield in touches Thursday against the Patriots if Gallman is forced to sit out, with Saquon Barkley (ankle) still working his way back from his own injury.

Oct 6, 2019 1:40 PM EST

Receives 10 carries, loses fumble

Hilliman carried 10 times for 33 yards and lost a fumble during Sunday's 24-3 win over the Redskins.

Analysis: Hilliman served as Wayne Gallman's top backup in this one after failing to record a carry through the first three games. Unfortunately, his debut didn't go quite as well as he would've liked, as he averaged a mere 3.3 yards per carry and fumbled deep in Washington territory in the third quarter. Still, Hilliman could have a role to play with Saquon Barkley (ankle) sidelined and will look to improve his efficiency next Sunday at home against the Vikings.

Sep 29, 2019 2:58 PM EST

Added to Giants roster

The Giants signed Hilliman off their practice squad Thursday, Michael Eisen of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: He'll assume the roster spot of receiver Russell Shepard (foot), who was placed on injured reserve in a corresponding move. With top back Saquon Barkley (ankle) on tap for a multi-week absence, Hilliman will tentatively slot in as the No. 2 option in the backfield while Wayne Gallman ascends atop the depth chart. Gallman will likely see the lion's share of the touches Sunday against Washington, but expect Hilliman to at least dress for the contest and carve out a small role on offense.

Sep 26, 2019 2:28 PM EST

Backup to Gallman

The Giants promoted Hilliman to the active roster Wednesday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Coach Pat Shurmur is still searching for long-term solutions to fill in for Saquon Barkley (ankle), but Hilliman is currently the most convenient option to back up Wayne Gallman after spending the offseason and training camp with the team before shifting to its practice squad for the regular season. Hilliman, an undrafted rookie, wasn't productive at Rutgers, generating 4.1 YPC and six scores over 12 games. He's a decent athlete, however, coming in at 5-foot-11, 216 pounds and running a 4.44-second 40. Hilliman will likely rotate in on offense at some point for Sunday's game versus the Redskins.

Sep 25, 2019 1:05 PM EST

Cut by Giants

Hilliman was released by the Giants on Saturday, Jordan Raanan of reports.

Analysis: Hilliman did some things the Giants' liked this preseason, punching in two scores and logging 80 yards albeit on 25 carries. He has made a strong case to make the Giants' practice squad given he clears waivers.

Aug 31, 2019 12:26 PM EST

Scores in preseason tilt

Hilliman rushed 16 times for 56 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Hilliman got into the game and logged three carries as the third quarter wound down. He would punch it into the end zone to open the fourth and got the rest of the team's carries to close out the game. The 23-year-old entered the concussion protocol a week ago, so this is a great sign in his quest for a roster spot.

Aug 17, 2019 4:50 PM EST

Enters concussion protocol

Hilliman is in the league-mandated concussion protocol Friday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Hilliman exited Thursday's preseason contest versus the Jets due to a concussion. He'll work to gain full clearance before participating in practice or preseason action.

Aug 9, 2019 11:16 AM EST

Done for game

Hilliman suffered a concussion during Thursday's preseason game against the Jets, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Hilliman suffered the concussion when he had his legs taken out from under him, and slammed his head on the turf. He'll now have to enter the league's concussion protocol before he's able to gain clearance to return. Expect the team to provide updates on Hilliman's health in the near future.

Aug 8, 2019 7:46 PM EST

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