With the injuries to Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, the Giants were thin at RB. Pass joins a backfield that already includes veteran Reuben Droughns and rookie Ahmad Bradshaw. To make room for Pass on the roster, as expected, New York placed Mathias Kiwanuka on Injured Reserve.
Pass, 5-11 and 238 pounds, is a versatile performer who has played running back, fullback and on special teams. In seven seasons with the Patriots, he played in 78 regular season games with 11 starts. Pass also played in all nine postseason games with one start (at fullback in Super Bowl XXXIX vs. Philadelphia) in the Patriots' three Super Bowl seasons (2001, 2003 and 2004).
With New England, Pass rushed for 526 yards and three touchdowns on 128 carries and caught 66 passes for 570 yards and another score. He also averaged 20.7 yards on 36 kickoff returns and had 49 special teams tackles (43 solo).
In 2006, Pass played in three games before going on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He was in training camp with the Houston Texans this summer, but was released on Aug. 28.
Pass, 29, originally joined the Patriots as a seventh-round draft choice from the University of Georgia in 2000. His most productive season was in 2005, when he set career highs with 472 yards from scrimmage, 54 rushing attempts, 245 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns and 227 receiving yards. He had a career-high 28 receptions in 2004.
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