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    Undrafted free agent faces a steep climb to make the 53-man roster"

    />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteBig Blue Viewa New York Giants communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibraryGiantsOddsAboutMa stheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections New York Giants NewsGiants Training Camp 2016Giants vs. Eagles 2015 Womens Carl Banks Jersey , Week 17Filed under:New York Giants NewsGiants’ 90-man roster: RB Jon Hilliman trying to earn a spotNew,9commentsUndrafted free agent faces a steep climb to make the 53-man rosterEDTShareTweetShareShareGiants’ 90-man roster: RB Jon Hilliman trying to earn a spotJon Hilliman running for Boston College in 2017.Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty ImagesThe New York Giants have Saquon Barkley at running back, and he is going to get the overwhelming majority of touches from anyone at that position. They have veterans Wayne Gallman, Rod Smith and Paul Perkins competing to pick up the scraps. Then, there is Jon Hilliman an undrafted, under-the-radar “who’s that?” player trying to prove he belongs in the NFL.Let’s take a closer look at Hilliman as we continue profiling the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp this summer.The basicsHeight: 5-foot-11Weight: 216Age: 23Position: Running backExperience: 0How he got hereHilliman spent four seasons at Boston College and played at Rutgers last season as a graduate transfer. He ended up with 696 collegiate carries for 2,575 yards, 3.7 yards per carry. His best season was 2014 when, as a freshman at Boston College he gained 860 yards on 211 carries (4.1 yards per carry). For Rutgers in 2018, Hilliman carried only 83 times for 337 yards (4.1 per carry).2019 outlook Hilliman is interesting. His best season was five years ago (2014). He got less than 100 carries as a part-time player for Rutgers last season. He caught only 40 passes in his collegiate career. Yet Mark Bavaro Jersey , he ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and put up other exceptional numbers at the Rutgers Pro Day. Athletically, he looks like he belongs.Can he unseat any of the veterans in front of him? Perhaps a practice squad spot is the likely outcome for Hilliman. EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)When a new coach comes in, it’s always interesting to see who lines up with the first-team units.One of the surprises for the New York Giants was seeing Josh Mauro at defensive end during the first practice at organized team activities this week.Mauro knows the 3-4 system that is being installed by new defensive coordinator James Bettcher. The drawback is that the five-year veteran is not going to be on the field when new coach Pat Shurmur and the Giants open the season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will be starting a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.The NFL handed down the suspension days after the 27-year-old Mauro signed a one-year contract with the Giants. The team knew it was coming before signing him.”They have confidence in me,” Mauro said. ”They are giving me an opportunity here. I just want to give them everything I have to return that favor. It means a lot to me and I want to give them everything I have.”Mauro has accepted responsibility for using the drug. He purchased an over-the-counter supplement and didn’t know it contained a banned substance. A trace amount of it was found in a test. It was not present in a test a week later.Mauro, who released a statement after the suspension explaining what happened, wants everyone to know that he is not a cheater.”Once you step away from this game all you have is your name,” Mauro said. ”You can have your accomplishments, your stats, whatever else , individual or team successes you’ve had, but it’s just important for me to let everyone know the circumstances beyond that.”Mauro could be a key player for Bettcher, who coached him for three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Along with linebacker Kareem Martin, he can explain the new system to his teammates.He also doesn’t see a team that was 3-13 last season.”There are a lot of positives up here,” the former Stanford product said. ”This is probably the toughest division (NFC East) in the NFL, so there are a lot of opportunities to play great teams. And just this city, it’s the ultimate football city.”Mauro may train with the Giants and participate in training camp. Once his suspension starts, he cannot be with the team unless he is getting treatment for an injury.Mauro, who started 26 games for the Cardinals with 75 tackles and two sacks, plans to meet with the staff before the suspension starts to get a workout routine.While they traded Jason Pierre-Paul in the offseason Kevin Zeitler Jersey , the Giants have depth at the end spot with Olivier Vernon, Kerry Wynn, Romeo Okwara and Avery Moss. They are heavy at the tackle spots with Damon Harrison, Dalvin Thompson, Robert Thomas and rookie draft picks RJ McIntosh and B.J. Hill.NOTES: The Giants signed veteran receiver Russell Shepard, who has played five seasons in the NFL. He was released by the Carolina Panthers last week. To make room on the 90-man roster, first year cornerback Tim Scott was released. He played in one game last season.—

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