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Roster move: Giants make Alfred Morris signing official

The Giants bring back the veteran runner

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The New York Giants have made their move to re-sign veteran running back Alfred Morris official.

The team announced Monday morning that they signed Morris, bolstering their backfield. The Giants originally added Morris to their practice squad in late September of 2020, shortly after Saquon Barkley’s ACL injury and an ankle injury to Devonta Freeman. Morris bounced between the Giants’ active roster and practice squad throughout the year, frequently backing up Wayne Gallman Jr.

Morris, 32, ultimately played in nine games for the Giants, carrying the ball 55 times for 238 yards (4.3 per carry) and a touchdown. He also added three receptions on four targets for 19 yards and a touchdown.

While the Giants are still waiting patiently for Saquon Barkley’s return to health, Morris joins a crowded backfield. The Giants already have six runners on their roster, Devontae Booker, Corey Clement, Gary Brightwell (rookie), Sandro Platzgummer, Mike Weber, and fullbacks Elijhaa Penny and Cullen Gillaspia.

Morris has the advantage of familiarity with the coaching staff and Jason Garrett’s scheme, though. However, the competition for the final roster spot behind Barkley and Booker looks to be a fierce one as a number of players look to beat the numbers game.