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Giants add depth to their RB position with top UFL rusher

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Jacob Saylors signed after productive season with St. Louis Battlehawks

The New York Giants signed running back Jacob Saylors to their roster. Saylors was undrafted in 2023 out of East Tennessee State and spent the 2023 offseason with the Cincinnati Bengals. He received nine carries last preseason and turned that into 27 yards (3.0 yards per carry).

The 5-foot-11, 199-pound back ran a 4.66 40-yard dash with a 1.60 10-yard split. He benched 225 pounds 13 times, had a 32-inch vertical jump, and a 9-foot, 4-inch broad jump, with a 7.65 three-cone.

Saylors spent five years at East Tennessee State but didn’t regularly see the field until his fourth season on campus, where he averaged seven yards per carry with 977 yards and nine touchdowns. In his final two years, he also had 36 kick returns in college, with an average of 27 yards per return.

He rushed for 1,318 yards (5.8 YPC) with 15 touchdowns in his final collegiate season with 67 missed tackles forced. He finished his college career with 3.76 yards after contact. He also added 57 catches on 75 targets for 495 yards with four touchdowns through five seasons.

After failing to earn regular-season snaps in the NFL, Saylors went to the UFL, where he started for the St. Louis Battlehawks. He rushed for 458 yards (4.8 yards per carry) and five touchdowns in nine games this season. He also caught 23 of 33 passes for 152 yards with three touchdowns.

Here’s a fun highlight from his time in the UFL:


Saylors earned All-UFL honors in 2024 and leveraged that success into an NFL opportunity. He visited and worked out for the Giants last week and will now have an outside chance to compete for a role with the team.

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