"I like the way he runs the ball," said Giants coach Jim Fassel. "He runs behind his pads, and he always seems to get that extra two or three yards. He is an athletic back who can run, catch and block."
As for Levens' role with the Giants, Fassel said, "Tiki Barber is our starter, and I want to keep Tiki healthy for 16 games. I don't want somebody who is going to play if Tiki gets hurt, I want somebody I can put in the game and give Tiki a break so Tiki stays healthy."
With Levens on board, Dayne, the Giants' first-round choice in the 2000 draft, probably will be traded or released. Dayne reportedly is disgruntled about playing behind Tiki Barber and angered team officials by skipping the off-season conditioning program.
Dayne, 25, has started just 11 games in three seasons and the former University of Wisconsin star has rushed for 1,888 yards and 15 touchdowns on 533 carries.