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Giants Signed A New Running Back On Thursday

A picture of the New York Giants helmet on the field.

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 08: The helmet of Antrel Rolle #26 of the New York Giants is seen prior to the start of the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The New York Giants hired Buffalo Bills executive Joe Schoen as their new general manager earlier this month. And while Schoen is still trying to find a head coach for his team, he has poached a running back for his former one.

On Thursday, running back Antonio Williams took to Twitter and announced he is signing with the Giants. Williams spent the 2021 season on the Bills practice squad after rushing for 63 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie in 2020.

"Forever grateful for my time in Buffalo," Williams tweeted. "Excited to get to work in the Big Apple!"

Williams went undrafted out of North Carolina in 2020 and spent his rookie season on and off the Buffalo Bills. In college he rushed for 1,144 yards and 11 touchdowns split between stints at UNC and Ohio State.

The run game has been a tough nut for the New York Giants to crack in recent years. Star running back Saquon Barkley has struggled to stay healthy or return to his all-world rookie form, and the team's rushing ranks suffered as a result.

Antonio Williams might not be the long-term answer to the Giants' rushing woes right now. But it's a position the team seems determined to address this offseason.

Whether the long-term future of Barkley occurs while it's being addressed will be interesting to see.

Will Antonio Williams have a big role in the Giants offense in 2022?