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5 things to know about RB Matt Breida

The New York Giants signed free agent Matt Breida. Here are five things to know about the running back:

1. Undrafted out of Georgia Southern in 2017, Breida has played in 64 regular-season games with 19 starts for the 49ers (2017-19), Dolphins (2020), and Bills (2021). His career numbers include 466 carries for 2,281 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns in addition to 83 catches for 729 yards (8.8 yards per catch) and six more scores.

2. Breida, 5-10 and 195 pounds, reunites with a group of former Bills coaches, players, and staff members now on the Giants. That list includes general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll, who was his offensive coordinator last season in Buffalo. Breida played in nine games in his one season with the Bills and scored three touchdowns (one rushing, two receiving).

3. Breida's most successful season came in 2018, when he led the 49ers in rushing while starting 13 of 14 games. He recorded 1,075 yards from scrimmage and five total touchdowns that season. The following year, he helped San Francisco reach the Super Bowl as he appeared in all three postseason games and started the Divisional Round victory over Minnesota. Breida was traded to Miami in 2020 before signing with Buffalo as a free agent in 2021.

4. Breida -- nicknamed "Cheetah" -- has 70 runs of more than 10 yards, including a career-long 83-yard touchdown against the Browns in 2019.

5. Overall, Breida has 3,010 yards from scrimmage and 13 total touchdowns, three of which came against the Giants over the course of two games with the 49ers in 2017 and 2018. In the latter meeting, he recorded one of his five career 100-yard rushing games.


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