Giants 2022 free agency: Veteran RB Matt Breida joins Giants

The New York Giants signed veteran running back Matt Breida, as reported by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Breida spent the 2021 season in Buffalo with Brian Daboll and Joe Schoen. He added a speed element to the running back room which consisted of Devin Singletary and Zach Moss. Before Buffalo, Breida spent 2020 in Miami and he started his career with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco.

Breida played a total of 82 snaps on Daboll’s attack in 2021. He had 26 carries for 125 yards with a touchdown and one (really two) rumbles. He also had seven catches for 72 yards with two touchdowns.

Breida’s workload expanded before an awkward week 13 Monday night exchange against the New England Patriots — which was blamed on Josh Allen — sparked a bigger role for Singletary.

Breida is only 27 years old and he offers speed, burst and will be a quality change of pace on the run back. Injuries plagued his time at San Francisco, where he thrived in Shanahan’s hasty attack. The former Georgia Southern Eagle was an important part of Shanahan’s rotation at the running back.

Breida has 475 carries for 2,300 yards (4.8 meters per carry) with seven touchdowns and eight fumbles in his career. He also has 83 catches for 729 yards with six touchdowns. Here’s his longest run and longest reception from last season:

Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll will continue to build this team into their desired image. The cap situation remains an issue, but more steps are coming for the new ones New York giants.

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