The New York Giants are signing FB Elijhaa Penny off the Arizona Cardinals practice squad, per source. This after FB Shane Smith struggled badly on Sunday night. Penny is 234 pounds and played in 16 games last season.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 18, 2018
Elijhaa Penny, a 6-foot-1, 234-pound 25-year-old who played collegiately at Idaho, played in all 16 games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2017 after making the team as an undrafted free agent. He carried the ball 31 times for 124 yards (4.0 yards per carry) and caught 4 passes for 38 yards.
Per Pro Football Focus, Penny had a 75.7 pass-blocking grade and a 67.0 run-blocking grade in 2017.
In 13 games with the Giants, Smith has neither carried nor caught the ball.
The Giants have yet to make the signing of Penny official. If and when they do, Smith would be a logical candidate to be dropped. NFL teams simply do not carry two fullbacks on their 53-man rosters.
The Giants also have to make a roster move with center Jon Halapio, who will be placed on injured reserve due to his broken ankle. Offensive linemen on the practice squad are tackles Brian Mihalik, who just signed last week, and Victor Salako.