Here’s the latest from around the league’s workout circuit:
- OT Garrett McGhin, OT Aaron Monteiro
New York Giants
Today’s workout notes:
- OL Brandon Hitner
San Francisco 49ers
After the Patriots got done smoking the Jets, they took a look at one of their former running backs. On Friday, the Jets auditioned running back Elijah McGuire, as Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets.
McGuire spent the last couple of seasons with the Jets, up until his recent release. The tailback drew solid reviews in Jets practice over the last two years, but his career 3.3 yards per carry average isn’t much to write home about.
Austin Walter, a Rice product, also showed his stuff for the Patriots. Walter recently auditioned for the Texans as well, so he may have an opportunity to stay in the great state of Texas.
If McGuire or Walter wind up with the Pats, they might get to make their New England debut against the Browns on Sunday. And, if they don’t, they might find a spot on the Patriots’ always-growing emergency list.
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The Browns signed running back Elijah McGuire, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. McGuire will provide roster depth as a fill-in for Dontrell Hilliard, who has been ruled out with a concussion for tonight’s game against the Jets.
Of course, while McGuire’s there, the Browns just might pump him for intel. McGuire spent the last couple of seasons with the Jets, up until his recent release.
The tailback drew solid reviews in Jets practice over the last two years, but his career 3.3 yards per carry average isn’t much to write home about. He’ll hope for an opportunity to break through in Cleveland, where he sits behind Nick Chubb and D’Ernest Johnson.
On Saturday, the Jets bumped McGuire and kept an RB group of Le’Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, Bilal Powell, and Trenton Cannon. McGuire drew solid reviews in Jets practice over the last two years, but his career 3.3 yards per carry average isn’t much to write home about.
Here’s what the Browns’ filled out ten-man practice squad* looks like, as of this writing:
1. T Paul Adams
2. DT Brandin Bryant
3. TE Stephen Carlson
4. WR Shelton Gibson
5. LB Willie Harvey
6. S J.T. Hassell
7. CB Robert Jackson
8. RB Elijah McGuire
9. WR Derrick Willies
10. C Willie Wright
*DB Tigie Sankoh (International Program Practice Squad)
With less than 20 hours until teams must have 53-man rosters finalized, two franchises are seeking backfield help. Both the Texans and Jets are looking for running backs via trade, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets.
The Texans may feature the league’s thinnest backfield, having lost three-year starter Lamar Miller for the season. They acquired Duke Johnson from the Browns, but the career passing-down back has maxed out at 104 carries in an NFL season — and that came in 2015. Last season, Johnson took just 40 handoffs in 16 games.
Houston has a host of rookies vying to make the final cut, along with special-teamer Taiwan Jones. No one besides Johnson on the Texans’ roster has carried the ball more than 20 times in a season, and it looks like this backfield will add an outside hire soon — either via trade or the waiver wire. The Texans cut Josh Ferguson on Friday.
Elijah McGuire did not make the Jets’ roster, but Gang Green still employs Le’Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, Bilal Powell and Trenton Cannon. Their need does not look to be on the same level as the Texans’.
The Jets are releasing running back De’Angelo Henderson, Manish Mehta of the Daily News (on Twitter) hears. That’s a strong indication that fellow tailback Eli McGuire will return to face the Dolphins on Sunday.
Henderson, 26 later this month, was a sixth-round pick of the Broncos last year and appeared in a handful of games as a rookie. He joined the Jets’ practice squad after missing Denver’s final cut and earned a promotion to the main roster after Bilal Powell was lost for the year. He did not see the field against the Bears on Sunday, so his brief Jets stint will end without an official statistic recorded. It stands to reason that the Jets may re-sign him to the practice squad if he clears waivers, however.
McGuire was placed on injured reserve in September after initially being carried through to the Jets’ initial 53-man roster. NFL rules stipulate that any player who returns from IR must have been on his club’s original 53-man roster, and also mandates a minimum eight-week absence. As such, McGuire can be activated in advance of New York’s Week 9 matchup against the Dolphins.
McGuire, 24, appeared in all 16 games and made two starts after the Jets selected him in the sixth round of last year’s draft. On 88 carries, McGuire managed only 3.6 yards per carry and scored one touchdown, adding 17 receptions and another score in the passing game. Football Outsiders wasn’t a fan of McGuire’s work, ranking him third-to-last in rushing DVOA, which measures overall efficiency.
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