New York Giants Training Camp Preview: Running Backs

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The New York Giants are stocked with running back talent, all of which has starting experience. However, it’s difficult to say what you can expect from Big Blue’s rushing attack in 2014.

None of the backs on the roster are proven starters, so while the free-agent acquisition of Rashad Jennings may place him as the front runner, it’s really unknown whether he is capable of being a feature back in an NFL offense.

Meanwhile, David Wilson is returning from a career-threatening spinal injury, Peyton Hillis is an aging veteran with little to offer on a weekly basis, Michael Cox was a seventh-rounder last year who did little with the playing time he saw, and rookie Andre Williams will be vying for snaps in training camp.

With potentially five backs in the mix, it’s likely at least one gets cut. With Jennings, Wilson and Williams seemingly safe because of their status with the team, both Hillis and Cox could be at risk of not surviving camp.

It will be interesting to see if David Wilson is in fact ready to go and can make a positive impact with the football in his hands. There were such high hopes for him heading into last season, but poor performance and injury hampered all opportunities.

It’s going to be a long road back, but Wilson could form a dynamic 1-2 punch with Jennings in the Giants’ backfield. The rookie Williams could be pivotal in short-yardage and red-zone situations, with a chance to earn more playing time if he outshines the other running backs on the depth chart.

Don’t count Hillis and Cox out, however. Hillis is a viable receiver out of the backfield and a big, dependable blocker. Cox, meanwhile, showed flashes of brilliance during preseason last year. If that shows up again, who knows what it could be mean for the other guys battling for playing time.

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