The New York Giants have added a veteran running back to their roster after all, but not a big name player like Adrian Peterson or LeGarrette Blount. The Giants have reportedly agreed to terms with Shaun Draughn, who scored six touchdowns for the San Francisco 49ers last season.
Draughn, 29, is a 6-foot, 205-pound journeyman who entered the NFL in 2011 with the Kansas City Chiefs. Draughn has spent time with the Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns and the 49ers.
Draughn carried 74 times for 196 yards (2.6 yards per carry) with four touchdowns last season. He caught 29 passes, two for scores.
In his career, he has 225 carries for 723 yards (3.2 yards per carry) and has 80 pass receptions.
David Fucillo of SB Nation’s Niners Nation, which covers the 49ers, had this to say about Draughn:
“He's a solid pass catcher. As a running back he's average at best. He averaged 3.06 yards per carry in two seasons with the 49ers. The 49ers had some questions on the OL, but his career average is 3.2 yards per carry, so it's not like he had a big history of success prior.
“Aside from pass catching, he's a replacement level back. The 49ers signed him after losing Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush to injury. He was adequate for a bad team, nothing more, nothing less.”
The Giants cut Rashad Jennings and are unlikely to bring free agent Bobby Rainey back. Draughn is likely veteran depth, brought in more likely as competition to replace Rainey than a player expected to see significant playing time.
The Giants have Paul Perkins, Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa returning. Other backs on the roster are Jacob Huesman, Daryl Virgies and George Winn. Signing Draughn probably does not preclude the Giants from selecting a running back in the 2017 NFL Draft.