When Adrian Peterson tweeted in February that the Giants were making some “interesting moves,” he was referring especially to Big Blue’s release of veteran Rashad Jennings that created a vacancy in the backfield.

The Giants are high on 2016 fifth-round pick Paul Perkins (5-10, 208 pounds) entering his second season. Veteran Shane Vereen (5-10, 205) is returning for a third year with the team in his seventh NFL season. And Orleans Darkwa (6-0, 215) is back for his fourth NFL season and third full year as a Giant.

But Ben McAdoo wants to play a heavier brand of football, and the coach still is in need of a big back to accomplish that goal. Darkwa, coming off an injury-plagued year, is a downhill runner but is not expected to shoulder that responsibility alone and also contributes significantly on special teams.

GM Jerry Reese and McAdoo clearly are on the same page with this vision of heavy football. In free agency, Reese has signed offensive lineman D.J. Fluker (6-5, 339 pounds), tight end Rhett Ellison (6-5, 250) and wide receiver Brandon Marshall (6-4, 230), as well as re-signing right guard John Jerry (6-5, 340).