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Devin Singletary 'ready to help the team win' in any way


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Devin Singletary will wear Saquon Barkley's jersey number, but he's not looking to fill his shoes.

Singletary, entering his sixth NFL season, agreed to contract terms with the Giants on Monday, the same day Barkley, who is fourth on the Giants' career rushing list, agreed to join the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent. When the Giants open the 2024 season in September, it will be Singletary sporting Barkley's familiar No. 26.

"I'm wearing 26," Singletary said in his Zoom introduction to area reporters today. "I had 26 since I came into the league. That's the number I'm sticking with."

In Singletary's opinion, that should end the comparisons between the two running backs.

"Saquon is great," Singletary said. "Everybody knows that. I'm just happy to be a Giant. I'm looking forward to a great opportunity here, and I'm ready to get to work. That's how I'm looking at it.

"That's what it really comes down to, me just being me, ready to help the team win any way that I can. That's what I'm looking forward to."

That's what he has done his entire career. He entered the NFL in 2019 as a third-round draft choice by the Buffalo Bills, whose assistant general manager and offensive coordinator were then Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll, now the Giants' G.M. and head coach. Last year, he played for the Houston Texans.

Singletary led his team in rushing in each of his first five seasons, all of which ended in the playoffs. In 2023, he topped the Texans with 898 yards and four touchdowns on 216 carries. Singletary also caught 30 passes for 193 yards. In two postseason games, he added 88 rushing yards, eight receptions and one touchdown.

Singletary has played in 78 regular season and 10 playoff games and has totaled 981 carries and 4,438 yards. Singletary is clearly accustomed to a heavy workload. But with their former workhorse back elsewhere, speculation persists the Giants might use more a backfield by committee this coming season.

"We haven't spoken much on that," Singletary said. "Like I said before, whatever I need to do to help the team to win, that's what I'm here for. If that's being the lead back, if that's being committee, whatever it may be, as long as I'm helping the team win, I'm cool with that."

Singletary does arrive with one advantage – he has experience playing in Daboll's offense. But he treats that information as he does the notion he's following Barkley – Singletary is not interested in an extended discussion about it.

"I am familiar with the offense," Singletary said. "Like I said, I just wanted an opportunity to come somewhere to help the team win, you know what I'm saying? Like I said, I'm happy to be a Giant.

"It doesn't have anything to do with Dabs. I've been in the offense and all that. I'm just ready to get to work more than anything."

Is there comfort in knowing the head coach on your new team?

"Yeah, Dabs is a great guy," Singletary said. "I was with him for three years. I am happy to be here with Dabs and Joe, if that answers your question."

The only question that matters is whether Singletary can make a significant contribution to the Giants' offense this year. The man in that spotlight is confident the answer is yes.

"I feel like I can do it all, to be honest," he said. "Whatever needs to be done, I feel like I've been blessed with the ability to do it all. That's the best way I can sum it up.

"With the opportunity, I can make things happen. I'm smart, dependable. Just ready to get to work. That's where I'm at with it."

*The Giants officially announced the signing of Singletary and five other newcomers: quarterback Drew Lock, offensive linemen Jon Runyan, Jr. and Jermaine Eluemunor, wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, and defensive back Jalen Mills, as well as two members of the 2023 team, linebacker Carter Coughlin and wide receiver/return specialist Gunner Olszewski.

View photos of the newest members of the Giants touring the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for the first time.


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