Grading the Giants' depth at running back

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There may be some questions concerning what to expect from the New York Giants’ rushing attack in 2014, but one thing is for certain: they have plenty of depth in the backfield.

With a clear void at the running back position with Brandon Jacobs retiring, Andre Brown on his way out and David Wilson’s health in question, general manager Jerry Reese went out and snatched up two potentially strong pickups in Rashad Jennings via free agency and Heisman finalist Andre Williams through the draft. While neither are surefire successes, they both bring different things to the table that should factor greatly into what the Giants do offensively.

Meanwhile, Wilson appears to be on pace to be ready for the season opener after all—if he can just gain clearance from a doctor—and midseason acquisition Peyton Hillis is still on the roster and could be a valuable short-yardage option and receiver out of the backfield.

None of what the G-Men have in the backfield appears to be a game changer on their own. But as a unit, the Giants’ crop of running backs could provide some interesting elements for offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense.

Second-year player Michael Cox is likely the odd man out, that is, unless Wilson must start the season on the PUP list or injured reserve. He has talent, but with all the players on the Giants’ roster, there is simply no room for five backs in the rotation.

There isn’t a feature back in sight, but I like the group’s potential as a whole. The Giants could go with a three-headed monster in the backfield, featuring Jennings, Wilson and Williams. And don’t be surprised if Hillis sees some touches as well. They all have something different to offer offensively, and that’s why I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see the Giants keep four running backs if Wilson is healthy enough to go.

Grade: B+


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  • royhobbs7

    Without a doubt, our Giants have the weakest running game in the division!!!!!

  • Keith

    The running game will be much better then ppl think! The Giants had a top 5 rushing attack a few years ago using Jacobs & Bradshaw roaring out with the 3rd back once Tiki left 4th & 7th round picks took over and dominated splitting carries. Jennings will get most of the carries and hopefully Wilson with his deadly speed can earn the 2nd spot so we can a pounder and a burner keeping defenses off balance