EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants retained another one of their 2018 contributors today when they re-signed reserve fullback Eli Penny.
The 6-2, 234-pound Penny, who is entering his third NFL season, was signed off the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad on Sept. 19. He played in the season’s final 14 games, with three starts (vs. New Orleans and Tampa Bay, and at Washington).
Penny finished the season with seven rushing attempts for 25 yards, and eight receptions for 50 yards. He had a season-high five carries in the victory against the Redskins on Dec. 9, when he also had a season-long 16-yard catch.
Penny entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Arizona in 2016, from Idaho. He spent that entire season on the Cardinals’ practice squad. In 2017, he played in all 16 games for Arizona and rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries, and added four catches for 38 yards and one score.
Penny joins NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley and fellow third-year pro Wayne Gallman in the Giants’ offensive backfield, along with Paul Perkins and Rob Martin.