New York Giants re-sign Austrian RB Sandro Platzgummer

The New York Giants have announced that running back Sandro Platzgummer, who spent the 2020 and 2021 seasons on the Giants practice squad as part of the NFL’s International Player Pathway program, has been re-signed.

The Giants were one of four teams chosen to carry an additional overseas player on their practice squad in 2020 as part of the program. Although he has yet to appear in a regular-season game, he did break a 48-yard run in last year’s preseason game against the Jets.

Although Platzgummer may be considered by some a little undersized, he was timed at a 4.50 in the 40-yard dash and posted a 39″ vertical, which convinced Giants running backs coach Burton Burns of his value to the team.

The 6′, 198 pound 24-year-old Platzgummer from Innsbruck, Austria was the starting running back for the Swarco Raiders for five seasons (2015-2019) and helped lead the team to four Austrian titles in five years including a perfect season in 2019, winning the Austrian title, and the European club championship. He also was an anchor on the Austrian national team that captured silver in the European Championships in 2018. He was a mainstay on the Austrian U19 national team as well prior to that.

Check out Platzgummer’s 48 yard run against the New York Jets.

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